Healthy Living Can Prevent Breast Cancer: Smithtown Resources

Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around Smithtown to help you stay healthy.

You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. 

Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die from breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser’s research has found that for postmenopausal women in particular, being overweight or obese may increase the risk for breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser explains, “After menopause, estrogens are synthesized by adipose tissue—the more adipose a woman has, the more estrogen she will make. Adipose cells also synthesize inflammatory factors, which have been linked to breast cancer.”

One of the most important things a woman at risk for breast cancer can do, says Dr. Neuhouser, is to “maintain a healthy weight."  

Given what the research indicates, Dr. Neuhouser says, “One of the most important things is that if a woman is overweight or obese, she should be advised to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Daily physical activity and following healthy eating habits with plentiful fruits and vegetables and minimal empty calories and fried foods will help achieve these goals.”

Dr. Neuhouser says while it can be challenging to lose weight, “Small changes can add up and make a big difference."

When it comes to getting active, Dr. Neuhouser says, "If someone is not used to physical activity, try a five to ten minute walk and gradually increase the time. Having physical activity partners or walking partners always helps. I know my soccer team will be waiting for me on the field, so even if I am tired or busy, I still show up."

When it comes to food, Dr. Neuhouser says, "Start with making one new food change each week. Instead of eating two cookies, eat just one.”

If you are concerned about your weight, Dr. Neuhouser suggests getting the support you need by asking your doctor for “ a referral to a reputable weight loss program.” For nutrition advice, Dr. Neuhouser recommends asking for a referral to a registered dietitian.

 Locally, you can find support managing your weight through wellness foundations, registered dieticians and homeopaths.

  • certified fitness instructor.Specialist in senior fitness and fitness nutrtition. 
  • Personal Training Institute- Personal Training Institute is a provider of professional personal training and nutritional counseling services with locations throughout the United States. Personal trainers and counselors set up one-on-one consultations that are designed to cater to the client's personal needs. All programs are designed by experts in nutrition and physiology to best support the client's body type.
  • Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center, Commack. Jenny Craig is part of a national chain of weight loss businesses specializing in programs for women, men and teens. This center offers personal coaching, customized meal plans and exercise strategies to its customers. Jenny Craig has its own line of food that is used in conjunction with nutritional education and exercise plans to help you meet your goal.
  • LI Dance Fitness Studio is located on Motor Parkway. It offers dance classes, personal training, nutritional counseling and private lessons. Host a party or enjoy group classes for yoga, Zumba or Pilates. Pole dancing lessons are available, too


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