Cancer Prevention Starts as Early as Age 2

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, breast cancer prevention should start at age 2. Dr. Graham Colditz, chronic disease epidemiologist and inaugural Niess-Gain professor at Washington University School of Medicine and who wrote for the AACR, researched the topic and published his findings.

Colditz released a study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians stating that promoting regular physical activity, healthy eating habits and body weight should start as early as age 2 in order to decrease the risk of breast cancer. Starting healthy patterns at a young age will have an impact on the routines that stick with a person throughout his or her life. Colditz also mentioned that parents should follow the example they are setting for their daughters.

The time between a woman’s first period and when she first gives birth is when breast tissue is growing the fastest. This time is crucial for breast health, as habits including drinking alcohol, eating poorly and not exercising enough can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer.

Colditz called for more prevention research in young women, stating that a mere 7 percent of the National Institutes of Health projects focus on prevention. He also mentioned in the study that the use of chemoprevention in high-risk women is underused and should be further studied.

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