Exercise and Diet May Fight Breast Cancer Among Young Black Women

We already know exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to being (and staying) fit. Now, one study shows that it may also help stave off the production of precancerous among young African-American women, who have a significantly higher breast cancer death rate than other groups of women.

“Exercise, weight loss and the diabetes drug metformin provide important opportunities for preventing aggressive breast cancer in African-American women, Dr. Victoria L. Seewaldt, professor of medicine and co-director of the breast and ovarian cancer program at Duke University in Durham, N.C., told ScienceDaily.com. “These are things where a community approach could really make a difference.”

Seewaldt presented the study results at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held Sept. 18-21, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Among the most significant findings was a test that could detect certain “pre-cancer” conditions among young black women.

“We see a lot of very aggressive triple-negative breast cancers among young African-American women and a very high death rate, with only 14 percent alive at five years,” she said. “”We wanted to figure out why this was occurring among these women.”

 

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