Lifestyle Key to Breast Cancer Prevention

The healthy lifestyle that spas promote contributes to the prevention of breast cancer, according to a landmark report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) The AICR estimates that 33 percent to 50 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle, particularly if begun before puberty and continued throughout life.

A recent review in the European Journal of Cancer concludes that in 17 studies, women who consumed the most vegetables faced a 25 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate the least. Another study, reported in Nutrition and Cancer, found that women who ate the most vegetables had a 60 percent lower risk than those who ate the least. Beta-carotene, vitamin C and natural phytochemicals may boost enzymes that make estrogen less effective at promoting breast cancer.

Recent research suggests spa-goers frequent spas to lose weight, which also contributes to breast cancer prevention. A report on the Nurses' Health Study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that weight gained during adulthood increases breast cancer risk. Regular physical activity is also recommended to lower risk.