Some 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).
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