Dr. Oz Insists ‘The Main Driver Of Breast Cancer Is Obesity’ [AUDIO]

October 21, 2011 9:49 am

Dr. Oz called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Friday to discuss the leading cause of breast cancer and misconceptions, at what age women should get a mammogram, and what he is most proud of this year.

Upon hearing Giuliana Rancic reveal earlier this week that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and it being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Oz called in to discuss the matter. First off, he addressed a common misconception about the illness, “Many people think that if you don’t have a family history you are not at risk. Most breast cancer does not have a family risk associated with it.”

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Dr. Oz says we need to be aware of changes in our environment and also the way our body is responding to the world around us. He says, “The main driver is obesity.” He says, “When you have extra belly fat hormones become more active, and they stimulate responses in your breasts, uterus, and other organs that sometimes allow small cells that would not have been cancerous to go rogue.” This should be a big wake up call for Americans, and also the most important way to reduce the instances of breast cancer!

Most physicians recommend women get a mammogram at age 40. However Dr. Oz says he “doesn’t mind women waiting until age 50, as long as they appreciate that there is a cost benefit trade off.” He says, “although there are a lot of flaws in mammograms they are still the best way that a doctor can diagnose your breast cancer.” He continues, “The best way you can diagnose your breast cancer is to find it yourself on self examination.”

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Dr. Oz has also been addressing important topics on his talk show “The Dr. Oz Show,” and is having a great time with this, but says he is most proud of is “Transformation Nation.” He says, “It’s a 7 step program, that includes telling your friends, making sure you know what your body mass index is, and if you are overweight to lose some of that weight, making sure you sleep better, deal with stress better, and talk to your doctor more effectively.” The contest is running for a year and anyone can join whenever they want. Then in May those who have done all 7 steps are eligible to win the contest. He says, “America will vote and someone is walking home with a million dollars and everyone else is healthier for having tried!”

“The Dr. Oz Show” is on Monday through Friday at 3pm on ABC in Los Angeles (check your local listings).

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