Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases. Statistically, skin cancer and breast cancer are the two most prevalent types in the US that affect women. Every year the number of females that get diagnosed with cancer sums up to hundreds of thousands, and about 15.8% of that number eventually succumb to the disease. When it comes to breast cancer, around 12% of women in the United States get diagnosed with it at one point in their life.
While the risk of breast cancer differs from each individual female to another - depending on genetic background, lifestyle, demography and the like - findings from recent research have established a link between teenage diet and its influence on the risk of one getting breast cancer much later in life. This new research confirms that if female teens don’t engage in proper eating habits, then there is an increased risk of breast cancer for them as adults.
The relationship between poor diet and breast cancer development
According to the research, the effect of a poor diet on a young female is due to the changes the female body usually goes through in the development phase at the teen age. Specifically, the mammary glands usually undergo certain changes, and during this phase of development, the glands are more susceptible to the lifestyle one is leading, including what kind of diet one is used to.
As is the case, at this adolescent stage teenage females who do not follow the required dietary needs of the body can develop chronic inflammation in the mammary glands. These chronic inflammations are the ones that increase the risk of getting breast cancer in the long run. Therefore, one cannot understate the importance of the right kinds of food at such an age. In fact, the research showed that green vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fruits are the kind of food that is required.
The chances of developing breast cancer on a pro-inflammatory diet
To prove the risk that comes with a poor diet for young female adults, the study took into account different women who filled in questionnaires regarding their diet at that age. As expected, the ones who had a higher inflammatory score (as a result of an inadequate diet, the researchers believed) were concluded to have a high risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer later on. Those who were found to have the highest inflammatory score were rated a 41% risk higher of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Conclusively, the research further showed just how important a healthy diet is to the body regardless of age.