Dr. Chagpar Discusses the Impact of Lifestyle Changes on Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, associate professor of surgery (oncology), director, The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, program director, Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship, assistant director, Diversity and Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center, explains how lifestyle changes that align with the US Cancer Prevention Guidelines can reduce one's breast cancer risk.

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, associate professor of surgery (oncology), director, The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, program director, Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship, assistant director, Diversity and Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center, explains how lifestyle changes that align with the US Cancer Prevention Guidelines can reduce one’s breast cancer risk.

Chagpar says different studies have had different results on how diet, exercise, and obesity impact the risk of breast cancer. However, researchers have estimated that making these changes can result in a 10% reduction of risk.

By eating healthy, exercising, and limiting alcohol intake, individuals can help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, which is the leading malignancy of women in the US, Chagpar says.