Healthy Living Can Prevent Breast Cancer: Altadena Resources

Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around Altadena to help you stay healthy.

You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. 

Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die from breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser’s research has found that for postmenopausal women in particular, being overweight or obese may increase the risk for breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser explains, “After menopause, estrogens are synthesized by adipose tissue—the more adipose a woman has, the more estrogen she will make. Adipose cells also synthesize inflammatory factors, which have been linked to breast cancer.”

One of the most important things a woman at risk for breast cancer can do, says Dr. Neuhouser, is to “maintain a healthy weight."  

Given what the research indicates, Dr. Neuhouser says, “One of the most important things is that if a woman is overweight or obese, she should be advised to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Daily physical activity and following healthy eating habits with plentiful fruits and vegetables and minimal empty calories and fried foods will help achieve these goals.”

Dr. Neuhouser says while it can be challenging to lose weight, “Small changes can add up and make a big difference."

When it comes to getting active, Dr. Neuhouser says, "If someone is not used to physical activity, try a five to ten minute walk and gradually increase the time. Having physical activity partners or walking partners always helps. I know my soccer team will be waiting for me on the field, so even if I am tired or busy, I still show up."

In Altadena, you can take a walk at Charles White Park or play a game of golf at the Altadena Golf Course. But if you're looking to work out at a gym or take a class, try 24 Hour Fitness, Curves or Chung's Martial Arts College.

When it comes to food, Dr. Neuhouser says, "Start with making one new food change each week. Instead of eating two cookies, eat just one.”

If you are concerned about your weight, Dr. Neuhouser suggests getting the support you need by asking your doctor for “ a referral to a reputable weight loss program.” For nutrition advice, Dr. Neuhouser recommends asking for a referral to a registered dietitian.

Locally, you can find support managing your weight through a personalized program with Lisa Maiorana or Boot Camp Pasadena.

Desdy Baggott October 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Horse back riding lessons at the Altadena Stables are a fun way to loose weight, get plenty of exercise, work on your posture and exercise all your joints including your brain (you have to out-think the horse).
Revvell October 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
There are so many other things that cause cancer including the air we breathe, eating animal products (read The China Study); wearing bras more than is necessary (movement of the breasts helps keep lymph moving); self-care products that contain carcinogens, etc.
Revvell October 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Oh, I missed this ~ "Where do you workout in town?" I'm a personal fitness trainer so, when it's not raining, I'm playing out all over Altadena. I've got a fully stocked gym in my home and train women who are over 35 years of age and 50+ pounds overweight.
Stephen Cooper February 17, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Thanks for the mention :)


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