Breast Cancer Awareness: National Breast Cancer Foundation · Rutgers Cancer Institute · Breast Cancer.org · Male Breast Cancer · American Breast Cancer Fdn.
There is an enormous body of literature accumulated over the years with some times inconsistent findings linking specific nutritional factors and cancer, as well as a lot of misinformation propagated through social media. For this reason, it is extremely important to evaluate the best scientific evidence using rigorous methodology to summarize and translate this evidence into public health guidelines. This healthy lifestyle pattern includes:
– Maintaining a healthy weight
– Incorporating exercise in your daily routine: Adults should do approximately 225 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 160 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.
– Eating a healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and beans, minimizes red and processed meat, fast foods, and other processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars, and avoids sugary drinks.
– Avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption
– Not smoking
– Avoid weight gain during adulthood and after a breast cancer diagnosis by making healthy dietary choices and having an active lifestyle.
– Choosing nutrient-rich (e.g., vegetables) rather than energy-dense foods (e.g., donuts).
– Choosing water or unsweetened tea, rather than alcoholic beverages or sodas.
– Avoid food “portion distortion” — check food serving sizes on nutrition labels.
– Prolonged sedentary time is discouraged. Even a 15-minute walk can do wonders for our physical and mental well-being.