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Preventing Breast Cancer Is Now a Mother’s Job – Thanks, Science!

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Wouldn’t it be nice if scientific research would help us relax a little and ease our fears when it comes to parenting? You know, like how we (mostly) no longer believe in witchcraft thanks to our knowledge of physics. Instead, we get reports like this one from Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH  at Washington University in St. Louis, stating that more than half of all breast cancer cases could have been prevented by healthy lifestyle choices made in adolescence and early childhood. So basically, says that scary voice in our heads, what we feed and teach our daughters could give them cancer.

“Age 2 can seem very young, but it is the time around which healthy habits begin to have an important impact on healthy weight as well as physical activity and food habits,” Colditz explained to the New York Daily News. “So, setting habits early in life is key, especially with breast cancer where we now understand that youth and young adulthood is a key period that determines later disease risk.”

The article goes on to state, “He recommended that mothers of young girls ‘simply keep in line with healthy childhood recommendations,’ such as limiting screen time, keeping them active, and pushing a diet high in fruits, veggies and whole grains.” [Emphasis mine.] At which point, all of my paranoid alarms go off, and I don’t even have a daughter!
First off, I wrote to the News reporter, Meredith Engel, to see if Colditz himself actually said it was up to mothers to do this. To which she very graciously answered that it was she, in fact, who asked the question specifically about mothers.

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