Breast Cancer Risk and Diet

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. The good news is that death rates are decreasing, thanks in part to earlier detection, better treatment and increased awareness.

Lifestyle choices can help reduce breast cancer risk, and a healthy diet is one of the factors you can control. Foods that may offer protection from cancers contain antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber. To help protect yourself from cancer, focus on eating a diet rich in:

  • Cruciferous and dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards and kale
  • Fruits, especially citrus, berries and cherries
  • Whole grains, beans and legumes

Both high-fat diets and alcohol have been linked to breast cancer. So, in addition to eating the right foods, be sure to cut down on less-healthy choices and maintain a healthy weight.

American Dietetic Association
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