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."
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.
Below is a list of local fitness locations, weight loss program and those who can help you stay healthy. If we missed a business, add it in the comments section.Business Location Contact Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 336 Lacey Road, Forked River 609-994-3679 Dr. Vandenberge's Kum Sung Martial Arts Route 9, Lacey Mall, Forked River 609-693-5885 Art Hinkelbein Martial Arts Academy 121 S. Main St., Forked River 609-242-4034 Ultimate Gym & Fitness Center 700 Old Shore Road, Forked River 609-693-8659 Jazzercise Fitness Center of Forked River 44 Manchester Ave., Forked River 609-693-0199 Rhythm Zone by Claudia Flores 335 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor 732-600-4985 Gladiator Gym 120 N. Main St., Forked River 732-581-3766 Ocean County Martial Arts Studio 15 Manchester Ave., Forked River 609-693-2009 Curves 344 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor 609-693-7700 Lacey Township Recreation Office 818 Lacey Rd., Forked River 609-693-1100, ext. 2203 Center for Medical Weight Loss 651 Lacey Rd., Forked River 732-930-2180 Just Customized Weight Management 407 Lacey Rd., Forked River 609-312-7475 Termini Nutrition Center 121 S. Main St., Forked River 609-242-0100 Lacey Vitamins 136 N. Main St., Forked River 609-489-4583 Energy Unlimited 442 Lacey Rd., Forked River 609-693-8488 505 N. Main St., Lanoka Harbor 609-994-3730