Diet and exercise behind breast cancer

Dentists such as EG Dental know that environmental factors, diet or lifestyle have a significant effect on people’s lives, both for good and evil as is the development of breast cancer, according to scientific evidence.

According to the epidemiological data of 2018, the incidence of breast cancer in Spain in about 26,000 women, which is approximately a new case of breast cancer every 20 minutes., Hence the need to delve into the biology of the disease. Thus, carcinogenesis has focused on the different presentations of the seminar: what factors, both internal and external, can trigger the proliferation of tumors. The knowledge of the mechanisms of appearance and the dynamic genomic changes of this disease is making it possible to identify tumor biomarkers. In other words, we can modify the natural history of the disease thanks to little knowledge and research.

On the other hand, the head of the Breast Pathology Unit has explained that hormone replacement therapy, which improves the quality of life of women with the climacteric syndrome, is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer if prolonged by more than two years. It has also referred to the consumption of phytoestrogens in the diet (isoflavones and lignans especially present in legumes and some grains) for its preventive effect against this disease.

Food and exercise

Regarding external or environmental factors, there are several, from diet to radiation, in which science has established an association with a higher probability of developing tumors. As explained, nutrition is emerging as one of the elements that can help prevent the onset of breast cancer.

The role of diet in breast cancer has been investigated, both by analyzing foods individually and by groups of foods or nutrients. It has been found that the consumption of alcohol increases the risk, as well as that of fat and, especially the saturated one, explains the doctor, who clarifies that, fortunately, many foods show a protective effect as the consumption of vegetables and grains rich in fiber. The results of this study indicate that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of breast cancer by 6% in postmenopausal women.

Concerning alcohol or tobacco, although traditionally they have not been considered causes of breast cancer, there is currently no doubt that both increases the risk of breast cancer in about 10% and physical exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer by 25%.