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Bad Diet in Teenage Years Can Lead to Cancer

Update Date: Mar 03, 2017 09:00 AM EST

A recent study reveals that women who ate the most inflammatory diet, including red meat, soda, sugary foods, and white flour will most likely develop breast cancer by 30 percent in their 20s, 30s, or 40s compared to women who are more into a low-calorie diet.

NBC News reports that what you eat early in life will most likely put you at risk or far from the possibilities of acquiring breast cancer in women or another type of cancers in general. Dr. Karin Michels, lead author of the study from the University of California Los Angeles reveals that it is not the fault of a woman if she acquires breast cancer, early or later in her life. However, her eating options may have negative repercussions decades later.

Results of the research conducted at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests that girls and teenagers should eat healthy because breast cancer does seem to have a much earlier origin compared to any other types of cancer. Developing cancer takes years, potentially even decades to develop and can be attributed to the nutrition that the body gets.

Medical News Today further reveals that 12 percent of women in the US may develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Reasons are however based on numerous factors such as genetic predisposition, demographics, and lifestyles.

Results of the latest research were analyzed from the data gathered from 45,204 women who were part of the Nurses' Health Study II. The test population answered a food frequency questionnaire in 1991 and were completed every 4 years thereafter. Women aged 27 to 44-years-old were included in the study. Inflammatory diet scores of the samples were taken and those who had the highest score were found to have 35 percent higher risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer.

In the US alone, cancer is treated as the second cause of death after lung cancer. Every year, 200,000 women and a few men are also diagnosed with the disease. Each year, around 40,000 dies from the disease in the United States.

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