Even People With Breast Cancer Risk Genes Can Lower Risk

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Even People With Breast Cancer Risk Genes Can Lower Risk

Even if you have genetic changes that indicate a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer, you can lower that risk with diet and lifestyle choices.

Even people who carry genetic changes that put them at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer can lower that risk — sometimes by a lot, researchers said Thursday.

They predict that close to 30 percent of breast cancer cases among white women could be prevented if all the women did just four things: avoided smoking, drank very little alcohol, kept a healthy body weight and skipped hormone replacement therapy.

“Overall, we estimated that up to 28.9 percent of all breast cancers could be prevented if all white women in the U.S. population were at the lowest risk from these four modifiable risk factors,” Nilanjan Chatterjee of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues wrote in their report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Oncology.

Chatterjee is quick to say the calculation is not ready for the average person to use yet. But he says the findings offer hope to people who may find out they have a “cancer gene” and feel they are doomed. “Lifestyle plays such an important role even in the context of genetic risk,” he told NBC News.

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