October 30th, 2012 | The Blog
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we raise awareness of this devastating disease, it is important to start with the basics beyond the standard medical evaluation and early detection methods. One important component is to learn how foods can influence the course of the disease.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer, except for skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death for women. There are close to 185,000 new invasive breast cancer diagnoses delivered every year in the U.S, according to the American Cancer Society.
A woman is at a higher risk of developing breast cancer if they have a significant weight gain after the age of 18 or after menopause. Make note that, conversely, losing weight might decrease the risk of breast cancer.
Weight management to control obesity also helps to lower estrogen levels. A lower estrogen level reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Food consumption makes us who we are, literally. There is a great deal of discussion about food’s impact on the risk of developing breast cancer.
Let us start with a glass of red wine. One glass is thought to lower the risk of heart attack but it can also increase the risk of developing breast cancer, especially if you imbibe in more than one drink a day.
Foods high in fat content have been associated with breast cancer, regardless of the fat composition. Keep your diet low fat.
So, what’s for dinner to help protect a woman against breast cancer?
The primary recommendation is that brightly colored fruits and vegetables should load your dinner plate.
These are a few of the key food items recommended to lower the risk of developing breast cancer:
It is time to look at what is on your dinner plate. Make smart choices that can surely influence your risk of developing breast cancer. While there is no foolproof protection, everything we can do to change the course of our own personal risk and that of our patients is critical to the outcome.