Breast Cancer Prevention Starts in Childhood
There is clear and growing evidence that diet composition in childhood and adolescence, physical activity, and alcohol intake before birth of the first child are all importantly related to the risk for premalignant breast lesions and invasive breast cancer. Part of the motive in our trying to get this message out is the fact that 21% of breast cancers are diagnosed in premenopausal women, and yet most of our discussion about prevention of breast cancer really starts with screening. That is detection, not prevention.
@dimple Growing scientific evidence indicates that childhood and adolescent lifestyle is clearly driving the risk for breast cancer. How we structure diet, level of activity, and alcohol intake in childhood and adolescence, and typically up to age 30, establishes a woman's lifetime risk for breast cancer. It is time that we acknowledge that breast cancer is the number-one cancer diagnosed in women in the world and start doing something serious about preventing it.