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Tips to lose weight to reduce your risk of breast cancer

23 February 2018 Blog
Cancer care Nutrition and dietetics
Research shows that losing weight is an important way we can help reduce our risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. But where to start? Breast, Thyroid and General Surgeon Saud Hamza shares his tips.

Saud says there are three ways you can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

1. Eat a diet full of fruit, vegetables and whole grains and reduce your intake of meat, carbohydrates and fatty foods.

2. Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, five times per week - the more physically active you are the better.

3. Reduce your alcohol intake - if you do choose to drink you should have no more than two standard drinks per day.

What else can you do?

The Cancer Council WA offers some really simple ways you can improve the food on your plate each meal, including:

  • Start your dinner with a entree such as a light soup or salad
  • Add vegetables, beans, lentils or barley to soups, stews and pasta sauces
  • Instead of using fat and oil to cook, grill, steam or bake foods
  • Swap ice cream desserts for low-fat yoghurts and fruit salads
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Stop eating when you feel full

What about exercise?

Australia's national physical activity recommendations that adults should try to be active for at least 30 minutes everyday.

  • Look for any opportunity to be active in your daily life, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Take part in moderate-intensity physical activity, try swapping a walk for a jog
  • Don't sit down for too long

See all of the physical activity recommendations.

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Mr Saud Hamza - Breast, Thyroid and General Surgeon

Dr Saud Hamza is a breast and general surgeon who works at the St John of God Mandurah Consulting Suites at 117 Anstruther Road Mandurah. He specialises in breast, thyroid and general surgery.

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Mr Saud Hamza Breast, Thyroid and General Surgeon