Breast Cancer WCRF 2014 Update

The “World Cancer Research Fund International ‘Continuous Update Project Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breast Cancer Survivors 2014’” has given us some fantastic advice. 

It is “the most rigorous, systematic, global analysis of the scientific research currently available on breast cancer survivors, and how certain lifestyle factors affect how likely it is that a person will survive after developing the disease”. 

The basic summary finds that there are indications of links between better survival after breast cancer and:

  • A healthy body weight
  • Being physically active
  • Eating foods containing fibre (a plant-based wholefood diet)
  • Eating foods containing soy (a plant-based wholefood diet)
  • A lower intake of total fat
  • In particular, a lower intake of saturated fat (a plant-based wholefood diet)
  • Breast cancer incidence is rising in the developing world because of increased life expectancy, urbanisation, and the adoption of western lifestyles
  • Obesity increases the risk of developing eight cancers; bowel, womb (endometrial), oesophageal, kidney, pancreatic, ovarian, gallbladder and post-menopausal breast cancer

Study report “World Cancer Research Fund International. Continuous Update Project Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breast Cancer Survivors 2014” as based on the findings of the CUP Breast Cancer Survivors Systematic Literature Review (SLR) and the CUP Expert Panel discussion in June 2013; total number of women in the 85 studies reviewed was 164,416; World Health Organisation. Breast Cancer: prevention and control 2014.

Posted: Thursday 13 November 2014