Oncological Sciences Center

International think tank on breast cancer prevention offers initial recommendations

November 7, 2013

From before birth to puberty is a critical window for breast cancer prevention and a time when diet and exercise could have a significant positive impact, according to an international group of experts. "Windows of opportunity for positively impacting the genes that control breast health are very important in terms of preventing breast cancer," said Sophie Lelièvre, co-chair of the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project and associate professor of basic medical sciences at Purdue University. "From fetal life to puberty is a very sensitive time for these genes and a time when introducing positive and protective environmental factors like limiting fatty and sugary foods and regularly exercising should be emphasized."
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