Educational Information: Diet & Lifestyle

Specialists often dispense helpful, but ultimately limited advice on reducing breast cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times (10/4, Healy, Times) reports, "Many of the factors that contribute to breast cancer risk are pretty much beyond one's control -- women can't change the fact that they started to menstruate at 10, have dense breasts, or are genetically predisposed to the disease." What's more, "changing social norms sometimes conspire to boost breast cancer's odds." But, while acknowledging "that the influence of lifestyle on breast cancer risk is less well established than other factors," researchers and "breast cancer specialists" can and do "dispense some helpful but ultimately limited advice," including incorporating physical activity, reducing alcohol intake, and "skipping or limiting hormone replacement therapy."