Foods that Decrease and Increase Breast Cancer Risk
August 12, 2012 by Robert Wascher
Filed under A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, Allium Vegetables, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Fish, Healthy Diet, Nutrition, Processed Meat, Red Meat, Weekly Health Update, breast cancer prevention, breast cancer risk, cancer risk, diet, fat, fruits, health, lifestyle, meat, risk, vegetables, whole grains
A new study finds that breast cancer risk is significantly affected by specific foods.
FOODS THAT DECREASE AND INCREASE BREAST CANCER RISK
As I discuss in my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, breast cancer is associated with more modifiable risk factors than any other type of cancer. Among the many known modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, diet is currently thought to play a relatively minor but still important role. Now, a newly published research study adds important new information regarding potential links between diet and breast cancer risk. This new public health study appears in the current issue of the journal Nutrition & Cancer.
In this case-control study, the dietary habits of 3,443 women with breast cancer were compared to those of 3,474 women without breast cancer. As with previous studies, this new study found that increased vegetable intake decreased breast cancer risk. Specifically, frequent vegetable intake was associated with a 20 percent overall decrease in breast cancer risk. Increased intake of the so-called allium vegetables, including onions, garlic, chives, leeks and scallions, appeared to be especially protective against breast cancer in this study. Although increased fruit intake, overall, did not appear to reduce breast cancer risk, this study did find that certain individual types of fruits appeared to reduce breast cancer risk, including citrus fruits and the so-called rosaceae fruits (apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, raspberries and strawberries). On the other hand, both meat and fish appeared to increase breast cancer risk in this study (as I also discuss in my book).
While questionnaire-based public health studies such as this study provide weaker levels of clinical evidence than prospective, randomized, controlled studies, the findings of this study are largely consistent with similar previous studies, with the exception of the favorable association between specific types of fruit and breast cancer risk. As an added bonus, most of the foods that were found to decrease breast cancer risk in this public health study are also known to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, and other serious illnesses as well.
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Disclaimer: As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity
Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author
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