Women urged to eat vegetable to help prevent breast cancer


BANGKOK, 20 August 2012  – A health expert has raised awareness of breast cancer, suggesting that women consume more vegetables and exercise regularly. 

Department of Health Director-General Dr Somyod Deerassamee has revealed that although breast cancer is found in fewer women than cervical cancer, the death rate from breast cancer is higher.

She said breast cancer does not have obvious symptoms and its cause is not clear. One-fourth of the patients tend to have a period at young age, exercise very little, consume oily food, drink alcohol, or have a relative with the disease; while experts still cannot find the real causes for the rest, or three-fourth, of the patients.

Dr Somyod indicated one out of every 10 women will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life time. Although the disease is commonly found in women aged over 40, it can also be found in many women aged between 20-30 years old, adding many of them came to the doctor when the symptom is already severe.

The director-general suggested women should stay healthy, eat more fruit and vegetables, consume less oily food, and exercise regularly. She also advised women to check their breast on their own or visit a doctor if they are in doubt as the disease can be fully cured if found at an early stage.