Losing half a stone cuts breast cancer risk

Losing 5-10 percent of your body weight through dieting and exercise could reduce your risk of breast cancer

Losing half a stone could reduce your risk of breast cancer according to research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.

The study, of 439 women, shows that those who follow a programme of diet and exercise display a drop in certain types of the testosterone and oestrogen hormones linked to oestrogen receptive breast cancer, which accounts for 70 per cent of all cases.

Lead researcher Dr Anne McTiernan advises women to diet and exercise to help keep weight down and therefore reduce oestrogen levels.

Dr McTiernan says even if a woman only loses 5 percent of her body weight, her risk of contracting breast cancer is cut by a quarter.

In the UK, 134,000 cases of cancer are caused by preventable factors, such as smoking, drinking and obesity.

‘We strongly advocate the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight as it can help reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer,’ says a spokesperson for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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