Educational Information: Diet & Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices may be spurring disparate US, global cancer rates

The Chicago Tribune (9/22) reports, "Breast cancer rates in the US are nearly double those in Brazil and nearly triple those in China," according to data compiled by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). "Some of the disparity may be explained by a greater number of reported cancer diagnoses in the US, as AICR points out, but experts suggest that much of the blame for the higher incidence of breast cancer in the US can be pinpointed to lifestyle choices." For example, "studies indicate that being overweight, drinking alcohol, taking birth control pills, using hormone replacement therapy, and not having children or having your first child after age 35 can all increase your risk of developing breast cancer."