Sunday, March 15, 2009

From the "Can't Unring the Bell" Dept

This study out of the UK states that what you ate and how much you exercised as a child determines your breast cancer risk.
It was a very small study - so keep that in mind.

I can tell you that THIS CHILD rode her bike everywhere, swam like fish and school sports included track, field hockey and ice skating. My mother never fed us junk. We never had Kool-Aid or HiC, she gave us milk, juice or Fresca. (OK the Fresca may not exactly be a health drink.)

We did have BB-Q steaks in the summer. Ice cream from the Good Humor truck (Chocolate Eclair and Strawberry shortcake)

I stopped eating meat at age 15.

Here is the study for what it is worth.

Breast cancer 'linked' to diet and low exercise in early years

London (PTI): Women on poor quality diet and low exercise in early years can develop breast cancer later in life, a new study has claimed.

Researchers in Europe have carried out the study and found that a girl's diet and the amount of exercise she does could actually determine their risk of breast cancer in later life, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

"Breast cancer seems to originate almost entirely in childhood. The breast is most vulnerable at the very onset of development," lead researcher Prof Jaak Janssens of European Cancer Prevention Organisation in Belgium said.

In fact, the researchers have based their findings on an analysis of 1,146 girls from birth to age 13. The study clearly linked obesity and lack of exercise to an increased risk of breast cancer.

The study, titled 'Nutrition in Children and Breast Cancer Childhood', highlighted a link between the disease and exposure to "gender-bending" chemicals in childhood. Moreover, it has revealed that a history of glandular fever might also have an influence on later risk.

"Further research should focus on nutrition in children and breast cancer risk to prevent the disease," Prof Janssens was quoted as saying.

Added Prof Florian Strasser, Scientific Chair of the conference for the European Society for Medical Oncology, where the study will be presented next week: "This could become a big public health issue.

"If this is proved we have even bigger grounds to go into schools and preschools and encourage more sports and healthier eating.

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