Rating: 3 Stars
- The title of the article, “You Can Take Steps to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk”, implies that a woman can lower her breast cancer risk by changing her lifestyle. This is somewhat misleading because many might assume a direct cause and effect relationship between changes and reducing risk. However, the author does not mention that there are many women who follow these steps and are still diagnosed.
- The author does not mention risk factors that are beyond one’s control including being a woman, age, and family history or increased risk due to inheriting a BRCA or other cancer mutation. Importantly, she does not discuss how increased risk due to other factors risk is impacted by the lifestyle changes she lists in the article.
- The author includes scientific research as well as an expert’s opinion that support these steps to reduce breast cancer risk.
- The article was easy to read and gives examples of specific actions (types of food to eat, how much exercise per day/week) individuals can take to get the most benefit.
- The author assumes BMI is reliable indicator for an individual’s healthy weight and fitness when it has been shown not to be the best indicator of fitness.