Are we causing our own breast cancer?

Up to one-third of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, according to experts at the European breast cancer conference in Barcelona.

It’s a sensitive topic because it feels like scientists are basically saying women are causing their own breast cancer. Like sun exposure to melanoma and smoking to lung cancer, researchers are saying heavier women have a greater chance of getting breast cancer. (Up to 60 percent greater chance in fact!)

From The Associated Press’s story:

“…Michelle Holmes, a cancer expert at Harvard University, said people might wrongly think their chances of getting cancer are more dependent on their genes than their lifestyle.”

“The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing in a lifetime, that doesn’t have much to do with genes,” she told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Cambridge, Massachusetts.”

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In Europe, there were about 421,000 new cases and nearly 90,000 deaths in 2008, the latest available figures. The United States last year saw more than 190,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths.”

“A woman’s lifetime chance of getting breast cancer is about one in eight. Obese women are up to 60 percent more likely to develop any cancer than normal-weight women, according to a 2006 study by British researchers.”

“Many breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, a hormone produced in fat tissue. So experts suspect that the fatter a woman is, the more estrogen she’s likely to produce, which could in turn spark breast cancer. Even in slim women, exercise can help reduce the cancer risk by converting more of the body’s fat into muscle.”

“…Tara Beaumont, a clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, a British charity, said her agency has always been very careful about issuing similar lifestyle advice. She noted that three of the major risk factors for breast cancer — gender, age and family history — are clearly beyond anyone’s control.”

” ‘It is incredibly difficult to isolate specific factors, therefore women should in no way feel that they are responsible for developing breast cancer,’ she told the AP on Thursday.”

“Yet Karen Benn, a spokeswoman for Europa Donna, a patient-focused breast cancer group, said it was impossible to ignore the increasingly stronger links between lifestyle and breast cancer.”

“If we know there are healthier choices, we can’t not recommend them just because people might misinterpret the advice and feel guilty,” she said. “If we are going to prevent breast cancer, then this message needs to get out, particularly to younger women.”

OK so if we accept the premise that women need to eat better and lose weight to prevent cancer, here’s the kicker from another news story earlier in the week.

The story states that women, especially older women, must do moderate exercise for at least an hour a day before they will begin to lose any weight!

Their example in the story was a 60-year-old woman but even I see a difference in my metabolism from my first baby to my third baby. I’m having a much harder time taking off the weight with my third than with my first or second.

So they’re telling us we have to eat better and lose weight but our metabolisms aren’t exactly cooperating in this battle.

So what do you think: Is it fair to compare weight to smoking as far as causing cancer? Is it fair to say that women are in some cases causing their own breast cancer? Will this story make you change your ways to help prevent breast cancer? What to do you think of the corollary story that women need an HOUR a day of moderate exercise to begin to move weight without substantial cutbacks in foods?

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DB

March 26th, 2010
9:04 am

Well, it’s certainly a novel way of looking at it, but it’s hard to argue with the idea that weight is a liability when it comes to extended good health.

Am I reading this right? Is it really being suggested that it might hurt women’s feelings if you tell them, “Hey, you know, if you don’t lose the weight, you’ve got a higher chance of breast cancer”? If it’s true, then women need to get over themselves. We don’t hesitate to tell people that obesity contributes to heart disease and diabetes — why shy away from including cancer in the litany of things you should think about before you slather butter on the extra roll at dinner? Is it just because it’s their breasts?

The story on needing an hour a day of exercise didn’t surprise me, but it did point out that I’m not imagining that I’m not getting enough exercise. I’ve fought a constant battle with weight all my life, and as I get older, it’s getting harder and harder, even as I eat less and less.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2010
9:11 am

DB — I want to get these last baby pounds off before my metabolism changes even more. i was back to my pre baby weight with both one and two. And was close with no 3 but then i stopped nursing and my weight shot up — and then my brother was in the ICU and it shot up a few more pounds. And I know I need to get it off before it gets any harder.

lead balloon

March 26th, 2010
9:15 am

I am not sure how we got to this point. Maybe it was our desire to not hurt anyone’s feelings. That certainly was a noble goal, but there are certain side effects that go along with that.

It has become socially unacceptable to point out a person’s weight problem.

If a person is a total drunk, we will call them out on it. We will tell them to get help. We will have interventions. But if the person has a food addiction and eats to unhealthy amounts, we don’t say a word.

We stand by and watch as obese people order supersized fastfood meals.

If a known drunk was ordering shot after shot of alcohol, we’d act on it.

What’s the difference?

Andrea

March 26th, 2010
9:22 am

This politically correct b/s of not wanting to hurt some women’s feelings by not being candidly honest with them is literally killing them. It has been widely accepted and proven that there is a direct correlation between obesity and health problems. We have to start taking control of our own health and stop looking for magic pills to make everything better.

Similarly, I do think in some people (men & women) there could be a genetic disposition to having cancer. There was a study done that concluded that some types of cancerous traits can be genetic and are more prevalent in some families. With that being said, there is no reason to turn that negative into a positive through eating right and exercise. Having a genetic trait does not mean you can’t win. I look at it like having a diabetic or hypertension trait in your family. You can fix it through diet and exercise. Maybe the same can be said with some forms of cancer.

By no means am I saying it is the panacea for all cancers, but more exercise and better food choices can’t hurt any of us.

Jeff

March 26th, 2010
9:24 am

If women were causing their own cancer by smoking cigarette’s would anyone “blame the victim”? I think not. It’s just that women and the wieght issue get in to that world of hurting a woman’s feelings and we all know how our society is senisitive to that right now. Not some of you as individuals on here, but you see it on a national level where everyone is afraid to make women mad, etc.

On the flip side, women live longer than men, so until we start making efforts to close that gap, this type of issue is one I’m going to ignore. I’m sure that’ll ruffle a couple of feathers.

JATL

March 26th, 2010
9:26 am

Why is it okay to tell someone -”HEY, I know you enjoy smoking, but it causes cancer,” or “HEY, if you don’t lose weight you are probably going to get diabetes, ” but we can’t tell people that they have a higher likelihood of getting breast cancer if they don’t lose weight and exercise? Is losing weight and exercising a bad thing? We’ve been told for years that being overweight will do lots of bad things to us -heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., so why is this so bad? I don’t think they’re trying to make women feel guilty -they’re trying to wake us up!

I have to say -a full-out discussion of merkins would have been a fun Friday topic! Still laughing…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2010
9:29 am

JATL — I just deleted all that!!!!!! — do not put that up again — that is completely NOT OK for this blog — you linked basically a pornographic photo to this site — PLEASE don’t talk about it anymore or post any photos — My boss would have me ban people — I just deleted it all —- please no more of that!!!

JATL

March 26th, 2010
9:48 am

OK Theresa -that was SO not porn! Plus, I certainly didn’t start the discussion. But ok. I’m STILL laughing -it’s the funniest thing I’ve heard of in ages!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2010
9:57 am

I clicked on your link and it was a lady’s Vijay-jay as Oprah would say!!!!

Becky

March 26th, 2010
10:00 am

I lost my best friend to breast cancer 6 years ago..She was 31 years old..She was not by a long shot obese, unless you call 5′4″ 130 lbs. obese..She didn’t drink or eat fried foods..She did smoke though..

I do however have two coworkers that have spouses that have just finished chemo for breast cancer..Both of them are big time drinkers , one smokes (like a chimney), one is heavy and one is very obese..

This is another reason that I have changed my eating habits..I don’t consider myself obese, but it wouldn’t hurt me to drop about 20-25 lbs., I have never been a smoker and I don’t drink..As others said, we say something when people drink a lot and we (I do) say something to people that smoke, so why shouldn’t we be able to say something to people about the dangers of being overweight?

lead balloon

March 26th, 2010
10:04 am

This will probably not go over well, but I find it odd that breast cancer gets all the attention.

I never hear of walks for the cure for testicular cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, ect

SuwaneeMommy

March 26th, 2010
10:07 am

Meaningful changes in public health trends will not be seen until our whole economy changes. Almost all of us are worried about money and job performance. It’s our work ethic and how we were raised. Extra time at the office means job security–that’s extra time we could be exercising. Employers and workers need to make fitness a priority. It’s not about weight loss contests at work, it’s really about letting people feel OK about taking an hour at lunch or at the end of the day to walk around the neighborhood or go to the gym. We know how to accomplish weight loss–less calories in, more calories out. What we need to do is adjust our priorities and make exercising more acceptable at work (rather than just something the “fitness freaks” do).

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
10:13 am

It’s a coverup for the Vijay-jay (as Oprah says?), and apparently, young women are wearing them to proms. That’s porn and your bosses would get mad at that?

And here I thought the NE was uptight!

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
10:14 am

What I find most interesting is that diet and exercise are to be considered when thinking about breast cancer, but hey, let’s change how we detect it by not getting mammograms so often hey…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
10:18 am

It’s not like the report came out and said to women that they’re bad people for being overweight and not exercising, it simply said that being overweight and not exercising leads to a increased likelihood of breast cancer. If women, or men for that matter who bring on a litany of health issues by not exercising and being overweight, feel bad about that it is an internal mechanism. If you feel bad about your CHOICE to not eat right and exercise, then you need to own that and realize YOU feel bad for not doing what experts recommend for a healthy life. And I don’t think that the reports are saying “women are causing their breast cancer”….what they’re saying is “this population of women are not actively trying to PREVENT breast cancer”.

And whats the deal with being so incensed that it takes an HOUR a day of exercise to lose weight? 60 minutes is not a huge investment in time. You don’t have to do it all at one time. Heck you don’t even have to do it every day for an hour. You could do 45 minutes 4 days a week and 90 minutes three days a week. I might get some heat for this, but I would say that most people have an hour a day to exercise, what they don’t have is the will to do it. Waking up a little earlier and/or going to bed a little later is easier, but the time is there to do it, and every time you say “I don’t have the time” most people should be saying “I just don’t have the will”.

RJ

March 26th, 2010
10:33 am

My brother’s mother-in-law has breast cancer and she is a small woman. Her mother and grandmother also died from breast cancer. If you’re genetically predisposed to cancer, you are likely to get it no matter how healthy you eat. I don’t think most women don’t know the health risks associated with obesity, they just find it difficult to lose the weight. I also don’t believe that everybody is meant to be a size 2. My metabolism has definitely slowed down as I’ve grown older. To combat it I eat healthier and exercise regularly. I don’t agree about having to work out an hour to see results though. If you workout at least 30 minutes a day and eat fewer calories the weight will come off.

Becky

March 26th, 2010
10:34 am

I agree Tiger that all of us should be able to do something for 30 mins or so each day..I know that I do..It’s like my coworker that has had some pretty serious health problems for the past year..Now they have told her that she has to have eye surgery or go blind..Her response is that she can’t afford to be off work for 2 weeks..To me, that would be a no brainer..

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
10:37 am

And YES…it is fair to compare living an unhealthy nutritional and exercise lifestyle to smoking. Both are CHOICES that are known to have negative ramifications to health. It’s not like this study is saying anything really new. We have known for a long, long time that eating like crap and leading a sedentary lifestyle will lead to poor health in the future. If we draw the line and say “well smokers knew they were doing something that could make them sick” and don’t shine that bright light on ourselves for engaging in activities that could make us sick, we’re just being disingenuous and hypocritical.

Michelle

March 26th, 2010
10:40 am

Tiger, I think you are exactly right. Most people don’t have the will. It is very difficult to find the motivation to get started and then stay motived.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
10:43 am

The funny thing is that metabolism is equal opportunity. When i was 20, I could think about working out and lose a pound….now that I’m close to 40, when I think about eating a donut I gain two!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
10:46 am

@Michelle…I know…boy do I know. In my early 30’s I completely slacked off, then I got back on the road several years ago and that was TOUGH. I don’t think most people realize that once you stick to it for a couple of years, its a lifestyle and you can’t imagine it not being a big priority.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
10:50 am

@ theresa….your words…” I know I need to get it off before it gets any harder”….so what are you prepared to do?

Michelle

March 26th, 2010
10:54 am

Uggh…I SO need to get to that mentality! In my late 20’s and early 30’s we went to clubs a lot. I would dance the night away! Once I had the little guy, that all stopped. Now I just can’t seem to find anything that I enjoy!

I’ve started with making some better food choices, portion control, decreasing soda, etc. It has helped somewhat. Now I need to tackle the exercise hurdle! Now that it’s getting nicer outside, I think it will be easier!

I want to be healther so that as my little guy gets older I can actually do things with him. He’ll be 17 when I’m 50! And, I would not want him to be embarrassed by having a mom who sits around all the time!

DB

March 26th, 2010
11:17 am

@Theresa: I clicked on JATL’s link and didn’t see anything pornographic — just a picture that was basically more than what a lot of the Sports Illustrated swim suit models had on!

And, just to vent: I absolutely despise the cutsey “Vijay-jay” or other terms applied to intimate anatomy. It’s a vagina. We’re all adults here. Even kids know what a vagina is. Call it what it is, and stop giggling over it, and if someone gets offended, OH WELL, GET OVER IT. (And, maybe I didn’t get the right link, but I sure didn’t see a vagina when I clicked on it!) And I would submit that this blog has a LOOOONGG way to go before reaching the heights (or depths) of some of the topics in the “Misadventures in Atlanta” blog, so if your boss gets his/her boxers in a wad, tell him to start over there, first!

TechMom

March 26th, 2010
11:17 am

Exercise and shedding weight are good all around for everyone; men, women, children, those pre-disposed to cancers or other diseases.

I laugh at the people who tell me ‘they don’t have time’ to exercise and then sit at the ball field while their kid is practicing for 1-2 hours three days a week and don’t even bother to walk. No one said you had to go to the gym to get exercise and unless you’re coaching your kid’s team, go for a walk. Sure it’s not real exciting to make 15 laps around the field but it sure beats sitting on your fanny. Or the people who watch American Idol… record it, go for a walk and by the time you get back you could watch the 2 hours in probably 45 mins if you fast forwarded through all the relentless banter and commercials!

I struggle a little more with the healthy eating since there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time to cook with our busy schedule. The worst part is the portion sizes if do go out/pick something up. We’ve started sharing meals, which also helps with the cost. I also try to serve a salad with dinner as often as possible figuring if we eat more of the healthy stuff first, then maybe our portions of the other foods will begin to shrink.

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
11:22 am

@TechMom: How about putting a TV next to the treadmill or elliptical (like I did!) and watch your program while working out? I did that for a very long time and lost a lot of weight. Especially when you watch a high-energy show, you don’t even notice the time.

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
11:23 am

Speaking about portions; did anyone hear about the “Last Supper” paintings?

Becky

March 26th, 2010
11:24 am

@TechMom…We have a stationary bike that stays in the bedroom, but at night, it’s no big deal to roll in out to sit in front of the TV..I can “ride” on it for as long as I want to and still watch TV..As for sharing meals, we do that a lot, glad to hear that we aren’t the only ones that do that..

Becky

March 26th, 2010
11:25 am

@Wayne..I heard something about it, not enough to comment on it though..What happened?

JATL

March 26th, 2010
11:25 am

Thanks everyone! No, there was no vagina (DB-I, too, HATE the term va-jay-jay) on the site. The front, pubic region was shown, but you couldn’t even see labia. Whatever, many think the body’s more private areas are pornographic and dirty -sad, but true!

JATL

March 26th, 2010
11:26 am

Do tell Wayne -I googled it and only got stuff about real Last Supper paintings for sale.

lead balloon

March 26th, 2010
11:33 am

I read that about the last supper. Basically they looked at most famous paintings of the Last Supper and noticed that throughout history, the portion sizes continually increased in the paintings.

One thing I find interesting is that in no pic of the Last Supper that I have ever seen are the people actually eating in the way discussed in the bible. It is obvious from reading the text that the people would rest on one elbow on the floor with their feet behind them. No actual table.

Roaming Gnome

March 26th, 2010
11:47 am

I do not buy that its women’s fault they are doing this to their selves.. It really could jump generations.

I saw the pictures of the Last Supper, I am surprised they did not have him eating a big mac and a coke!

The word Vijay-jay cracks me up… I would rather someone call it that, than some of the “words” that are used for it…

JJ

March 26th, 2010
11:47 am

TechMom I agree with you 100%. When my daughter was playing softball and we had to go to her practices, several of us Moms would walk around the park for the hour or so the kids practiced. Bogan Park has a fabulous walking path, and so does George Pierce Park. I alway took my dog to her practices so I had a reason to go walk…. Just last weekend I went to a friend’s son’s ball game, took my dog, and after the game we strolled around the park.

Having dogs that require walks is a great way to get some exercise. I walk both dogs every single day, unless it is pouring down rain.

Wow, just wow...

March 26th, 2010
11:50 am

…this blog has morphed from a discussion on a cause of breast cancer to merkins and vaginas, to The Last Supper and Biblical conotations – Theresa, I hope you bosses appreciate your ability to cross sell what journalism envokes…

@WOW

March 26th, 2010
11:53 am

this is the great thing about this site.. Yes we go off on different subjects…. but thats is ok… :).. Have a sense of Humor or go play some where else.. We are not gripping about it so why are you?

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Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:02 pm

@Wayne and Becky…I agree with combining the exercise with TV. We’ve got a basement where the stairmaster and lifecycle are set up and a TV down there. Every weekday morning at about 5:30 I’m down there watching Sportscenter for 45 minutes. The time flies. I think most people just equate exercise with agony. I don’t think it has to be that way. Heck, sometimes on the weekend when I’m working out in the afternoon, it’s not completely unrealistic to see me pedaling away at that lifecycle like my life depended on it while having an ice cold Corona to keep me hydrated!

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
12:02 pm

What @lead balloon said… They were something like 60% bigger. I heard it on the radio, so I may have the percentage wrong, but they were definitely larger.

Romaning Gnome

March 26th, 2010
12:08 pm

Have you seen the Jammie Oliver show that is trying to help Huntington WV?? Now that is sad

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

@Tiger: while watching racy movies? Gotta have the DVD/VCR down there too.

Not that I know anything about that…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:13 pm

@Wayne…I actually don’t have a DVD set up to that TV! But I will admit that Girls Gone Wild Informercials are always playing that time of the morning that I may have watched during Sportcenter commercial breaks!!!

TechMom

March 26th, 2010
12:19 pm

@JJ, I used to take one or both of our dogs with me when my son was practicing when he was younger but our county now does not allow dogs, even on leashes, at parks when athletic events or practices are going on (which is pretty much every park in county). It’s kind of frustrating that a few idiots have ruined it for the rest of us but that’s another soapbox…

@Tiger- one of my excuses for exercising is so that I can drink without feeling guilty. I can totally appreciate you cycling with a beer in hand! My husband home-brews; I think I’m going to get him an exerise bike for the basement. If he puts it close enough to the Kegerator, he probably wouldn’t even have to stop for a refill.

MEG

March 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

I saw myself in the study results about lifestyle and breast cancer.
I am a two year BC survivor and, while I don’t believe that my weight and sedentary lifestyle CAUSED my breast cancer I am sure that they are the reason that it became life threatening..it was an ER +, low grade that should have sat quietly, slow growing for years… and didn’t
I was 60 lbs overweight, former smoker, non exerciser..and my OB and PC docs were too polite to tell me flat out I was too fat and needed exercise.
So: women need make a choice: worry about getting their feelings hurt about their weight or do something to save their own lives…sit in front of the TV or take the dog for a walk. It can be done: I am 56 now, and down to normal weight, do an hour walk every day. You can’t control all your cancer risks any more than I can change the stage my bc was in when we found it. But I can do this now. And so can you.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:24 pm

@Techmom….I would be so much more of a lush than I am now if I had a kegerator. My wife and I have talked about it, but with my son growing up, I’m hoping to remove as much temptation to him as I can, seeing how having to put a lock on the liquor cabinet has been a fine tradition passed down for countless generations in my family!

OC Rider

March 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

@lead balloon – it’s not a walk, but April 24th is the Ride to Change the Future which supports research to find an early detection test for ovarian cancer. This is our seventh year in Atlanta, Birmingham just held their third ride, and Talahassee, Boulder, and Steamboat Springs are having their first rides this year. We’re getting close to finding a reliable test – then we can move on to working on the cure! Find out more at http://www.ovariancycle.org

David S

March 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

Cancer is not something outside ourselves. It is our own tissues going bad. What we put into ourselves and what we are exposed to is all that there is. Of course we cause our own cancers.

The cancer treatment industry wants you to believe that there is no way to prevent cancer. They make their money on our disease, not on prevention. If there were money to be made by these folks in the prevention of cancer, the solutions would already be documented (yes, of course they are trying to pass off ineffective vaccines and the like).

Just look at the slogan for colon cancer – “the best prevention is early detection.” No it isn’t. The best prevention is prevention. The money is made in the early detection, misdiagnosis, and the supposed cures.

Health is a state in which disease does not happen. There is no mystery as to why cancer rates are through the roof. Just look at the western lifestyle.

Hey ...

March 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

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Hey, @WOW...

March 26th, 2010
12:38 pm

…who was “gripping”(sic) – I was just making an observation about how this blog takes on a life of its own…

JJ

March 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

I also like to listen to my iPod while on the treadmill at the Gym, and while walking my dogs…..

Or, could it be, David S...

March 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

…that the western lifestyle, and western statistice keepers, are much more likely to keep stats that provide information on how many and who, that the eastern lifetyle and statistic keepers do not?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

@JJ…Wayne likes to watch dirty movies on his ipod while walking his dog at the park! Did I just make that joke out loud???

Jason

March 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

It is a fact that more men die of Prostate Cancer than do women with Breast Cancer. So, statistically, given that there are more females than males in the population, there is a greater need to address PC. BUT, here we’re talking about males and, and, and, well…who gives a damn?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

@Jason…come on dude…you can’t come on the “blog for busy moms” and actually get offended that the topics are more man-centric. As a guy, I’m pretty aware that I come to this blog as a guest and get to voice my opinion about the issues that Theresa wants to throw out there, and that those topics are going to be slanted to women’s issues.

Being offended by this topic is like going to a hockey game and getting mad that they don’t sell your favorite football team’s memoribilia.

JATL

March 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

@Jason -more women die of heart disease than men do, but until the last few years, all of the focus has been on men and heart disease, so I guess someone gives a damn about you after all.

There are a number of walks and 5Ks -as well as other events for different types of cancer and disease. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training hooks up with marathons, half-marathons and triathlons across the nation to raise money for those cancers. I’m doing a 5K for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation at Atlantic Station in July. If there’s not a prostate cancer or lung cancer run out there, maybe you should start one if you’re interested. I’m betting the American Lung Association does do something though.The American Cancer Society does -and it is for all cancers.

After that anology, Tiger...

March 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

…my head hurts…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

@analogy….I know…sometimes I get dizzy from my own thoughts!

Of Course It's Fair

March 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

I’m a woman. I find time to work out and do heavy exercise. I try to eat right though I also believe everything in moderation (keeps me from beating myself up). How is it remotely unfair to note that scientifically, obesity and poor diet contribute to cancer? It’s something that you CAN control, therefore yes, you’re doing yourself in. You can choose to eat a Big Mac or make a great veggie meal at home. Your call. No one forces you to eat poorly or sit around all day.

Sure, women are going to find it much harder to lose weight than men. That’s nature at work. There’s also losing weight to be healthy and losing it to fit in a size 0. The former is great, the latter is clearly not. Yet anyone can find half an hour a day to go out and walk, play outside with the kids, walk the dog on a long stretch of road, or join a gym. There’s hundreds of options out there. Besides, exercise isn’t just to help prevent cancer; it’s good for any number of diseases that can plague the body (heart comes to mind). If you CHOOSE to not do it, then yeah, you’re agreeing to possibly do yourself in quicker than someone who works out and eats well.

Also, the diet connection to cancer has been around for at least 20 years. The healthier you eat, the better off your body is. This means plenty of fruits and veggies, less of the fats and processed sugars. The American Cancer Society has plenty of information on diet and cancer preventative measures.

Becky

March 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

If you want more done for prostate cancer or other cancers, why don’t you do something about it? Isn’t that the way the BC walk was started, by a sister that cared?

dixie pixie

March 26th, 2010
1:00 pm

@ lead balloon–There are walks for ovarian and prostate cancer. My husband and i try to find walks that benefit someone rather than just a fundraiser. Try active.com or Run & See Georgia’s website.

dixie pixie

March 26th, 2010
1:04 pm

Not trying to be judgemental, but women tend to step up and say “I had cancer, but it didn’t defeat me nor does it define me.” Men try to keep all their “happenings” quiet. I have absolutely no problem letting people know that I serve a Mighty God who healed my body from ovarian cancer.

kayakjim44

March 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

I am blessed to coach a Breast Cancer survivors team on a Dragon Boat. Most of these ladies were in fairly decent shape before and certaintly are in good condition now.
The need to be active is critical for everyone. If there are so many people thinking like this then do something about it and let those who need to know! Push them to walk at lunch, get them to the gym, offer your personal assistance if you care.

As far as Prostate cancer I also know several guys who have fought this. Of them, one is obese though the others have always been fit.

Bottom line is we do need to be more active as a population; now that’s health care reform we can all take part in!

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

@Tiger: Dude! I thought you were my friend! Letting all my secrets out…

One thing you did forget though; my Merkin!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

So there you go ladies…..who among you hasn’t thought to yourselves “my god if Wayne and Tiger weren’t anonymous we’d hunt them down to the ends of the earth to find real men like that!”

Well, now Wayne has tipped his hat a bit and given a clue to his identity riddle…just find the guy walking in a local park, eerily fixated on his ipod, prominently displaying his man merkin and I give you……WAYNE!

The Dogfighter Returns

March 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

This is also the recipe for saving your marriage and getting hitched.

walking is great exercise.

sagging derrieres with dimples are repulsive.

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

Oh man… Gotta be careful, I’m at work! Can’t laugh to loud lest folks think I’m strange. Waitaminit… I work in IT…

Peachy

March 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

It blows my mind that medical oponion and advice can be swayed by feelings. It doesn’t take a doctor to realize that eating better and excerising will help your body in many ways, however sometimes it does take a doctor teling you for it to actually sink in. Feelings should not influence medical advice. More doctors should look people in the eye and say you need to make some changes or there will be serious consequences down the road.

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

@Peachy: During the 3 minutes that they are allotted to talk to you? Not only that, tell a patient something they already know, and take the chance that they’ll get offended?

Scoutmamma

March 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Maybe if women hear this message they’ll stop overeating. Yeah, and if you tell people being rude causes cancer, perhaps they’ll start being nice and respectful. NOT.

Socialismsux

March 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

This is more justification for Obama’s Health NoCare theft.

pj

March 26th, 2010
1:48 pm

Men get breast cancer too, so the whole article should be geared toward “people with breast cancer.” It’s not just a woman thing. RE the hour of exercise another article was saying is necessary for women, esp. after a certain age, need to lose weight, let alone maintain it, it’s the logistics that are the problem, with women working outside the home more while continuing to do the majority of the “home work,” and more women (see ajc article earlier this week) taking on two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

@pj….I’m finding it hard to buy into your “logistics for women” assumption fully. I’ll concede that if women do a disproportionate amount of the home work that the time they have to exercise decreases. But at the end of the day, isn’t it still a matter of choice?

I know for myself that if something had to be done and my wife hadn’t had her workout in for the day and we were both at home, she would basically tell me she was going to workout and would appreciate if I took care of the thing that needed to be done. She’s a die hard and when it comes to two tough decisions (whether or not to work out or to ask me to do something I may not want to do), the work out wins.

Additionally, I can’t count the number of times where we were both busy, couldn’t get the workout in during conventional times, dragging our hinds, and it’s 10:30 at night, and she gets on the bike and does 30 minutes. It’s an easier decision to go to bed, it’s easier to watch tv….she makes the hard decision and, quite frankly, inspires me to emulate her.

I’m sure your logistics argument is valid to a degree and is an example of why the decision to make the hard choice is harder, but at the end of the day, it still just an excuse.

Kris

March 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

Tiger and Wayne – y’all crack me up.

Peachy

March 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

@Wayne – Yeah in the 3 minutes they have to talk to you. A doctor should give medical advice regardless of feelings. If you want someone to care about your feelings see a therapist. My gyno told me last year I needed to loose 20 pounds and guess what when I went in this year I had lost 17…wow it worked!

DB

March 26th, 2010
3:06 pm

@Tiger: However, it is apparent that your wife has some confidence that the job will get done if she hands it off to you. There are a lot of women who don’t have that assurance, and it’s worse if they have out-of-shape husbands, too. I will grant you, though, that people (including women) create their own hell by giving permission to those around them to treat them as doormats.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

@DB…agreed..I’m one heck of a husband! ;-) Just kidding.

all I’m trying to illustrate is that we make our choices. Sometimes the choice is a matter of priorities. Usually, the decisions I think MOST of us face (granted, not all, but most) is “it’s close to bedtime” ….or “this is an ungodly hour to wake up”….or “I had a hectic day and that couch and TV look so nice”….and we choose the easy decision.

My dad had a buddy in the SEALs who visited us in while I was in college. I wasn’t working out a ton then, told him I didn’t have time between classes and bartending..he asked me what I was doing between 5:00 and 6:00 AM that morning..told him I was sleeping and he says “so you do have time, you just don’t have the will to get up and do it.” Try telling a SEAL that you’re doing all you can do.

DB

March 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

@Tiger: Oh, hell, no, I am not telling a SEAL anything! They are BEASTS! You gotta admire the drive, discipline and pride. So, what was your reponse?

My husband has not missed a daily workout since 1979, 31 years. And I mean NEVER – he has a log! At this point, NOTHING will stop that workout and break that streak! Sometimes, it may have only been a 20 minute walk, but he ALWAYS gets something in. I really admire that about him. He’s one that will get up early on vacation to get a run in before the rest of the family drags out of bed, or takes the dog for a walk at 11:00 at night when he realizes the day has gotten away from him. Even when he had outpatient surgery, he got up early to get his workout in, and the next day, at the end of the day, did 20 slow (but countable!) minutes on a treadmill.

Wayne

March 26th, 2010
3:34 pm

@Peachy: Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disagreeing with you. I think they (doctors) should tell you what you need to do irregardless (hee hee) whether or not your feelings are hurt.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 26th, 2010
3:39 pm

@DB…I didn’t have one. he knew I didn’t have one. I didn’t take it to heart then either, but I never forgot it and after a few decades when I didn’t have my youth to rely on to keep the pounds off, it finally sunk in. There have been many a time where my wife or I have to take an early morning flight that is going to take up the day of travel and damned if the alarm clock isn’t set for 3:30 AM so that we can just get it done and out of the way before we have to go to the airport. I think of my dad’s friend often during the really tough, inconvenient workouts.

So I know I’m biased, but to those like your husband and my wife, there are always times to work out and there are only excuses (no of them real acceptable) as to why you don’t.

jeffrey dach md

March 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

Iodine in the Diet

When it comes to breast cancer prevention, the discussion is not complete without mentioning dietary iodine supplementation. Recent breakthroughs in basic science research have raised awareness of the importance of Iodine for breast cancer prevention and treatment. Most of this information is summarized in David Brownstein’s book, Iodine and Why You Need It.
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jeffrey dach md

Chazzy D

March 26th, 2010
6:47 pm

The “race for the cure” is over and we won- overwhelmingly. The mystery of the origin of most breast cancers has been discovered- it was vitamin D deficiency- as suspected- all along.

At least 80% of all breast cancer is a direct result of a vitamin D deficiency. If you haven’t heard that yet you have now- no kidding!

Find out the facts at: Grassroots Health web site: http://www.grassrootshealth.net/

Maintain at least 50 ng/ml i nthe blood- year round, as measured by 25 OH D vitamin D test.

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DavidS

March 26th, 2010
9:34 pm

Chazzy D – Great to see Vitamin D mentioned. Big surprise that it has been ignored for all these years. It is cheap, not patentable, readily available year-round from the sun when you can get out in it, and part of a health regime, rather than a profit-making disease treatment program.

Of course cancer comes from within. Our bodies are designed to ward off all disease including cancer (which is not a foreign invader, but just US gone wrong. Exercise is just the beginning of the discussion. Realizing that all the money you walk to raise is just used to perpetuate the disease and not to discover a cure is the beginning of the realization that the death from disease industry is way to powerful to ever do anything to stop the flow of money. Just look at the government bureaucracy surrounding the so called war on poverty. Bureaucrats who handle the cases of the needy get more money for handling more cases. They have no motivation to get people back on their feet any more than people who profit from disease have to discover a cure. Certainly there may be some who might profit from a pill, but none would profit from everyone getting or staying healthy.

I know this sounds like a twisted view of it all and certainly presupposes a disgusting alterior motive to the disease industry, but just look at how hard the FDA works to make sure that information about the positive effects of natural products, supplements, vitamins, and the like is kept from the american people. You can’t even make the claim that something like vitamin D prevents cancer unless you can fund horrifically expensive research trials that meet the FDA criteria. Vitamin D is cheap, and the industry cannot afford these trials. On the other hand, chemotherapy, various pharmaceuticals, worthless vaccines and the like are all VERY expensive so the profit is there to fund the kinds of studies that allow similar claims, even though they may well be found to be untrue years later.

The evidence that health prevents disease is way to strong for me to ever look at western disease oriented medicine the same way.

The recent health bill will now just further force millions of americans into paying for “insurance” that covers none of the costs of health, but pays trillions for disease treatment. While the administration makes claims about caring about health and condemns big business, this bill has handed literally trillions of dollars to an industry that knows nothing about preventing illness, but knows plenty about profitting from sickness and disease.

DavidS

March 26th, 2010
9:36 pm

Noticed I kept leaving off the last “o” in too. I do know english, just missing the keys.

retired

March 26th, 2010
10:33 pm

Just another thing on our plate we are responisble for…Women are too blame for to much!!

nurse&mother

March 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

I’m afraid I am going to have to side with Lead Balloon on this one. Not to throw off on breast cancer research, but it does seem to get more attention than say lung cancer (which btw, claims the lives of non-smoking victims too) or pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately the stats on lung cancer victims are not much better than they were 25 years ago. VERY sad. No one wants to put any money towards lung cancer research. There could be many advances in detection with more money. And yes, I have tried to get more involved in lung cancer organizations. Until we can get rid of the stigma, folks just want to point fingers.

I lost the sweetest father a little girl could have. I was 12 years old when my father lost his battle with lung cancer. His life was just as precious to me as a mother who has lost her battle to breast cancer. Unfortunately for lung cancer patients, there is significantly less money to help save their lives.

Now back to the topic. We are all responsible to some degree to help take care of our bodies. If you smoke, try to stop. If you overeat, try to cut back. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, try to get out a move around a little bit. I whole heartedly think that lifestyle can play a role in ALL forms of cancer. I also think genes can play a role as well.

Nadia74

March 27th, 2010
1:46 am

Of course being overweight is not good for you. This is not news. However, people need to be told exactly what that means. Okay, we think, so being overweight can put you at an increased risk for some cancers. We think, oh, it is a risk, but when you are told that you could be increasing your risk for breast cancer by 60%!!!!!, you will probably take it more seriously.

To answer your questions:
Is it fair to compare weight to smoking as far as causing cancer?????
It is not a matter of being fair, being overweight can be avoided (in most cases), it just takes some work, like exercising and changing your diet. If it is proven that being overweight increases your risk, then yes, it is fair to compare. What if it was proven that having brown hair increased your risk?…just go with me, here, I have a point…Is that fair?…It is not a matter of being fair, it is a fact. The difference is that unlike smoking or weight, no blame can be placed because we don’t choose to have brown hair…You may not think you choose to be overweight, but in most cases, aren’t people overweight because of their diet and lack of exercise? Yes, some are blessed with great genes that give us higher metabolisms, but for the most part, people are just lazy. I am not trying to be mean, it is just true.

Is it fair to say that women are in some cases causing their own breast cancer???
I don’t know that it is fair to place the blame solely on their weight because that cannot be proven. It increases your risk but you have no way of knowing that it is the sole cause of your breast cancer. There are too many other variables to consider. So, no, it is not fair to say you most definitely caused your own breast cancer, but you will always wonder if you could have done more to prevent it.

“If we know there are healthier choices, we can’t not recommend them just because people might misinterpret the advice and feel guilty,” she said. “If we are going to prevent breast cancer, then this message needs to get out, particularly to younger women.” The article states that the more fat you have, the higher your risk. So, unless you are obese, you are not increasing your risk to 60%. Doesn’t knowing you could do something to decrease your risk make you WANT to take action?

What to do you think of the corollary story that women need an HOUR a day of moderate exercise to begin to move weight without substantial cutbacks in foods?
What do I think? I guess I think it sucks for women who need to lose weight, but what can you do? If that is what it takes, then, that is what it takes.

Kay Gentry

March 27th, 2010
7:54 am

Like the old saying, ‘you are what you eat’ and with all the hormones and junk we voluntarily pump into our bodies we have to expect something will happen. We know absolutely Mad Cow Disease is in the US and that is often mistaken for Alzheimers. We also know the meat industry loads animals with so many hormones to get the highest price at market. We have all this info yet we are literally eating ourselves to death. Yep, chances are good we are commiting suicide.

Becky

March 27th, 2010
11:27 am

The thing that also is overlooked is breastfeeding. It lowers your risk of breast cancer significantly, and the longer you do the more it lowers your risk. Yet most women are not breastfeeding their children. I think there is a total correlation to all types of health risks, not just breast cancer, when we don’t eat the right foods and don’t exercise enough. Even just 50 years ago, we didn’t have the transportation and packaged foods we have today – surely there is a correlation in the different lifestyles of today and the increase in diseases we didn’t have then…

mom&teacher

March 27th, 2010
6:00 pm

As others have said, the health risks related to overweight/obesity are often discussed. It does not seem that adding one more risk would be a big deal, yet it is. If being overweight can contribute to the incidence of breast cancer, it makes sense to broadcast that knowledge. I would rather have my feelings hurt (with something I really know to be true-that I’m overweight) than develop a debilitating or fatal illness because I did nothing to prevent it. My husband has been told by our physician to lose weight (he’s gained about 50 lbs since we met 12 years ago). His excuse for not working on it: the doctor is fat, too. How can he be expected to listen to a fat doctor? I am not fat, exercise and eact right, however. I tell him the same thing the doctor did. He is looking for an excuse to eat what he wants and not exercise. I am terrified he will have a heart attack, stroke, or cancer, but you cannot make people do that which they haven’t the desire to do. He won’t change until something drastic happens, and all I can do is hope it doesn’t kill him. A lot of people are that way. Worrying about embarrassing them or making them feel responsible is the last thing the medical establishment should do when giving advice on what is best for a patient.

catlady

March 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

We cause many of our own illnesses. No big surprise there.

AverageWhiteBanned

March 29th, 2010
9:07 am

“vija-jay” ?

Not cute.

JJ

March 29th, 2010
9:57 am

YAWN……we need a new topic….this has been up for 4 days now!!!!!

lead balloon

March 29th, 2010
11:36 am

Nature creates boys who later cheat.

Men who cheat are simply too weak and give into their very natural desires. They are hard wired to desire to spread their seed far and wide. They must fight back this natural desire in order to properly fit into society.

This is not asking too much. Naturally, if we saw someone with something we wanted and they were smaller than us, we would simply take it. However, we are purposely supressing nature in order to form a society. Conscious over subconscious.

Nothing turns a man off more than a woman he has already slept with.

Breast cancer

April 5th, 2010
7:58 am

well there are many causes of the breast cancer..As breast cancer is one of the increasingly widespread forms of cancer worldwide, hence it is crucial that all women become sentient about the caveat symptoms of breast cancer which would be helpful in early diagnosis.

1. Any Palpable lumps or thickening on the breast area or armpits

A woman could sense a number of bodily changes during the course of her monthly menstrual cycle that could be physically palpated. But, in case there is an abnormal lumpy formation or growths which a woman could palpate during any time of the month, then this is cause for concern and a caveat indication of breast cancer.
2. Noticeable or Palpable Changes in Breast

Signs and symptoms of breast cancerIn case any difference is felt in the form, outline of the breast that could be either palpated or apparent, then it could most probably be an indication of breast cancer. No woman should ignore variations in the size, contour of the breast as these could be signs of underlying breast cancer.

3. Any atypical Painful sensation in Breasts or armpits

In case a woman senses pain that is atypical, continual or long-drawn-out painful sensation in the breasts or underarms must be carefully scrutinized as at times pains could be indicative of something not right, even though other breast cancer symptoms are not apparent.

4. Blood loss or emanation from the nipples

In case, one notices any form of emanation from the nipples appearing colourless, fluid-like consistency or blood being discharged from the nipples, then it might be a caution indication of breast cancer. Hence, any form of discharge from the nipples except for breast milk should be deemed serious.
5. Variation in outward appearance of the Breasts

In case the skin over the breasts are appearing coarse and flaking or peeling, in case the breast skin puckers or dimples, or some extent of reddishness or irritation is present or nipple is appearing to be pulled inward, then any of these could be suggestive of preliminary signs of breast cancer that must be evaluated medically as promptly as doable.

6. Variations in Bowel motions

In case a woman feels constipated, having loose bowels or other variations in bowel habits then it might be indicative of foremost symptoms of breast cancer.

7. Other Symptoms

The presence of an unremitting soreness that fails in healing soon or in case a woman senses some problem in ingestion, a sense of fullness felt despite not having eaten a complete meal or not eaten usual meal, niggling coughing or any variations in the outline and size in any mole or wart present in the body are all to be watched out for as any one of these could be the caveat symptoms of breast cancer.

http://www.cancery.com/7-caveat-precursors-of-breast-cancer.html

Blair

April 5th, 2010
3:26 pm

I definitely think that more people should be aware that breastfeeding reduces your risk of breast cancer.

kathy

May 4th, 2010
6:18 am

I hate these articles. If you are going to get cancer…..you are probably going to get c ancer. I am not overweight, eat largely organic, exercise, breastfed for 10 yrs (4 children) and at the age of 39 was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did not cause this myself.

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