Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer

I have a sister who prefers to be described as Rubenesque.  Indeed, Peter Paul Rubens would have surely loved her, and we won't have her in any other way!  But...

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Women (who serve as an inspiration to us all as our mothers, sisters, partners, daughters, friends, & associates) are still hounded by a deadly disease.  The big 2006 Breast Cancer meeting has just concluded, however, and a few new findings of great interest were presented, adding to our present understanding of our common enemy.

Notable among many others… The WINS Womens Intervention Nutrition Study interim analysis was reported & subsequently published in the JNCI.  This was a low-fat dietary intervention trial conducted among women diagnosed with early breast cancer after completion of surgery, postoperative hormonal &/or chemo treatments, with or without radiation, as indicated.  It seems that reduction in dietary fat to the point that sustains a modest weight loss may reduce cancer relapse rates.  While merely an initial report, these findings combined with the now-familiar fat phobias of the cardiovascular & metabolic folks speak for habitual caution from the general public.  A lifestyle shift may be needed for some– an overwhelming thought!– but, at the very least, its time that we started reading the nutritional facts on food jars.


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Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. While the majority of new breast cancers are diagnosed as a result of an abnormality seen on a mammogram, a lump or change in consistency of the breast tissue can also be a warning sign of the disease. Heightened awareness of breast cancer risk in the past decades has led to an increase in the number of women undergoing mammography for screening, leading to detection of cancers in earlier stages and a resultant improvement in survival rates.
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