The teen years—a time for learning to drive, going to that first prom, and … fighting breast cancer? That may sound far-fetched, but some experts believe breast cancer prevention should start as early as puberty.
One study suggests that girls who eat an unhealthy diet during puberty, especially one high in fat, may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life—even if they don’t become overweight or obese.
In addition, research links exercising regularly at a moderate or intense level for as little as four hours per week, to lowering breast cancer risk.
Having your teenager eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can be tough, but it’s easier and more effective if your family does this together. And, this research is just more proof that it’s never too early to make healthy choices a habit.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Want to dramatically reduce your breast cancer risk?
- 10 Lifestyle Tips for Cancer Prevention
- Weight loss reduces hormone levels linked to breast cancer risk
- Study indicates moderate alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer
- Study: Elective Abortion More Than Triples Breast Cancer Risk
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