Understanding Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Diet/Nutrition

SGK_NBCAM_2014_HealthyLivingSome factors that increase the risk to developing breast cancer, like being a woman and getting older, are not things you can change. But other factors, like maintaining a healthy weight and eating right, may help lower your chances of getting breast cancer.

Here are a few tips

  • Eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Recent studies showed that those who ate the most fruit had a slightly lower risk compared to those who ate the least fruit, and that eating vegetables may slightly lower the risk of estrogen receptor-negative cancers.
  • Choose 100 percent whole grain foods (like 100 percent whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, popcorn and quinoa) more often.
  • Limit red meat and processed meat (choose chicken, fish or beans instead).
  • Cut down on “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats), and eat more “good” fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, like olive and canola oil).

Learn more: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/HealthyBehaviorsampRisk.html

We’re celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the next six weeks. Connect with and follow Komen St. Louis and use the hashtag #bcjourney to join in the conversation.

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