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Breast Cancer

You might be surprised to learn that breast cancer is on the rise in both men and women. Learn the facts about breast cancer, as well as the importance of early detection in saving lives.

Research Shows That Excess Weight Can Spell Breast Cancer Trouble

New breast cancer research shows a link between being overweight and developing breast cancer. Learn steps to avoid both weight gain and potential breast cancer danger.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important that men and women take the necessary precautions to know their risks.

The pink will be frequent this month as various charitable organizations do everything in their power to educate women and men about the dangers of developing breast cancer.

Since it is all about prevention, most health experts advise people to check their family history, get frequent mammograms, and conduct self-examinations. One such preventative measure doesn’t get as much attention: watching what you eat.

Even though it may not be the most popular topic in global "pink" discussions, new breast cancer research shows that there are definite links between being overweight and higher risks of developing breast cancer.

Two thirds of Americans are overweight, and this alarming statistic is one of the reasons we have seen an overwhelming rise in cancer occurrences. Many experts have concluded that the rate of breast cancer in men and women has been climbing coherently with the increase of obesity. This new breast cancer research proves that this disease is more of a threat to us than we thought.

With increased weight gain comes more estrogen production in both men and women that is stored in fatty tissues in the body. This dramatic increase in estrogen is one of the biggest factors that influence your risk of developing breast cancer.

When you reach that fun time in your life called "menopause" it is especially important that you get frequent mammograms, especially if you are overweight. In post-menopausal women, your rate of estrogen can be 50-100% higher than that of pre-menopausal women. This increased rate in estrogen is also found in overweight men.

This increased estrogen in both men and women can fuel dormant cancer cells and cause them to grow more rapidly. This research shows that the more you maintain a healthy weight, the lower your risk will be for developing breast cancer.

Maintaining a healthy weight is easier said than done. One of the biggest problems that most people face when trying to lose weight is keeping their initial motivation.

Sometimes an intervention is necessary, and having individual attention from medical professionals seems to be the biggest help in motivating people to lose weight.

If you are a man or woman that needs to lose weight because your higher risk of getting breast cancer, there is hope. New breast cancer research shows that finding a diet that can retrain your metabolism is the perfect solution to combat the threat of increased fatty build up caused by estrogen.

With a healthy diet that is properly balanced with the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, you can lose your way to victory, and fight off the dangers of breast cancer at the same time.

To start: Find a plan that works around your daily schedule and provides you with motivational materials and free support from nutrition experts.

With this kind of help, battling breast cancer just got a whole lot easier.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on June 17, 2019.


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