breast cancer

Save Your Own Life From Breast Cancer

Whether you’ve been diagnosed yourself… or you know someone who has been diagnosed… breast cancer has affected ALL of us.

It’s killing more than 40,000 women a year.

And many more are suffering through scorching radiation, sickening chemotherapy, and painful, disfiguring surgeries.

You don’t need to be next.

Because there’s a simple way to slash your breast cancer risk by a whopping 37 percent.

And it’s completely within your control.

Mainstream medicine has known for years that being overweight is a major risk factor for breast cancer.

But for the first time, experts are figuring out exactly how much weight you need to lose to lower your risk.

A new study has revealed that shedding even a modest amount of weight can dramatically lower your odds of developing breast cancer.

For 11 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) observed the health of more than 61,000 postmenopausal women, none of whom had a diagnosis or history of breast cancer at the start of the study.

The women were weighed as the study began, three years in, and again at the conclusion.

Not surprisingly, more than 3,000 of the participants developed invasive breast cancer during the course of the study.

But what is surprising, however, is the correlation between the women’s weight and their risk of diagnosis.

You see, during those 11 years, more than 8,100 of the women succeeded in losing just 5 percent of their body weight – a mere 8.5 pounds for every 170 pounds – and this weight loss was linked to a 12 percent lower risk of breast cancer.

And the more weight the women lost, the lower their odds for diagnosis.

Those who lost 15 or more percent of their body weight experienced a major decrease in breast cancer risk – 37 percent!

And the women who gained weight during the course of the study had an alarming 54 percent increased risk of developing aggressive breast cancer.

The study’s author, oncologist Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, explains that weight loss triggers reduced inflammation that has valuable health consequences.

Excess fat tissue can begin to function almost as a separate organ over time. Fat cells consume calories and energy and produce hormones that promote tumor growth, specifically estrogen.

Therefore, reducing body fat leads to less estrogen and less wasted energy, thereby lowering the risk of breast cancer.

Experts suggest that women get three to four hours of aerobic exercise each week in addition to reducing calorie intake.

But, for many women, weight loss isn’t that simple.

So, if you or a loved one are struggling with your weight and want to cut your breast cancer risk, try eating a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods and supplements.

Some of the best anti-inflammatory supplements are turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can be purchased at your local health food store or online from Puritan’s Pride or GNC.

 

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