When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Annual AICR Research Conference is the most authoritative source for information on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

October 6, 2016 | 3 minute read

3 Steps to Prevent 1 of 3 Breast Cancer Cases

Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The latest research shows that women can lower their risk of developing this cancer through staying a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity and eating a healthy diet, say experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

AICR research estimates that one of every three US breast cancer cases annually – 81,400 women – could be prevented with diet, exercise habits, and weight management.

“While there are no guarantees when it comes to developing cancer, what we do know is that women can take steps everyday to reduce the odds of developing breast cancer, along with many other cancers and chronic disease,” said Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR’s Head of Nutrition Programs. “This is such an empowering and important message.”

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bender shares three evidence-based steps to reduce your risk.

1. Get to – and stay – a healthy weight
Too much body fat is one of the strongest factors linked to increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer. Roughly one in five cases of breast cancer is due to excess body fat. Excess fat tissue can promote chronic inflammation, and increase blood levels of insulin and related hormones that can spur the growth of cancer cells. Along with breast cancer, overweight and obesity increases risk of ten other cancers.

2. Fit activity into your day
From gardening to running, getting at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity – of all types – reduces the risk of both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancers. This amount of activity helps manage your weight and can help with immune function and a healthy gastrointestinal tract. AICR also recommends avoiding inactivity for lower cancer risk.

3. Avoid alcohol, or if you do drink, drink moderately
Research shows that even small amounts of alcohol – on a regular basis – increase the risk of breast cancers. Risk increases with higher amounts. Alcohol or ethanol is a carcinogen, which could damage DNA and increase levels of hormones that fuel cancer. Regular alcohol intake also increases risk of other cancers, including mouth and esophageal. AICR recommends that for women who do drink, limit the amount to one glass a day.

For new moms, AICR research shows that breastfeeding also reduces the risk of both postmenopausal and premenopausal breast cancers.

“When it comes to breast cancer, you can take control to lower risk through lifestyle changes that offer powerful protection,” said Bender.

Breast Cancer Prevention

Sources: AICR/WCRF. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Breast Cancer. 2010.

AICR. What You Need to Know about Obesity and Cancer. 2016.

More News & Updates