More than 1 million women world-wide are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, mostly in the 50 and older age group. The primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, estrogen dominance and the breakdown in genetic integrity and impaired immune response, primarily among those over 50. However, the toxic insults are now hitting younger generations.
Studies suggest that overweight women have an increased risk of breast cancer after menopause compared to women at a healthy weight.
Obesity is also associated with increased risks of the following cancer types, and possibly others:
- Colon & Rectum
- Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
Foods For Preventing Cancer
So adding garlic or onions to your recipes on a regular basis will aid breast cancer prevention.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries add color, variety, and flavor to your anti-cancer nutrition plan.
Green tea and white tea both contain catechins, extracts that seem to show benefit in breast cancer avoidance.
Researchers have found that both soluble and insoluble fiber reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially for women consuming upwards of 30 grams a day.
Omega-3s are essential because your body doesn’t produce them, you can only get them from foods like fish, seeds, nuts and oils. You want to focus on eating more omega-3s, and limit your intake of omega-6s. We need omega-3s to help reduce inflammation that damages healthy tissue and can encourage cancer cells to grow. Omega-6s, are known to increase inflammation.
Orange Fruits & Vegetables
When it comes to breast cancer prevention, think about eating more carrots, cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes, they are all foods rich in the form of vitamin A known as carotenoids.
Foods That Cause Cancer
Refined White Flours
A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220% increase in breast cancer among women.
Cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise.
Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells.
Bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers.
Avoid Drinking Alcohol
Limit your alcoholic drinks to one per day.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
In 2002 one of the largest studies of hormone replacement therapy was stopped because women taking these synthetic hormones had a much higher risk of breast cancer (along with heart attack, stroke and blood clots) that continuing the study would have been unethical. Parabens are chemicals with estrogen-like properties that are widely used in personal care products like shampoo, lotion, deodorant, shaving gel and cosmetics. These chemicals have been detected in breast cancer tissues at concentrations up to 1 million times higher than the estrogen found in human breast tissue.
BPA, Phthalates & Other Xenoestrogens
BPA is used to make many products, including water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment.
Phthalates are commonly found in plastic food and beverage containers, but it turns out their presence extends far beyond that. Indeed, 95% of us have detectable levels of phthalates in our urine.
Xenoestrogens are man-made chemical compounds that enter our bodies through pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, fuels, car exhausts, dry cleaning chemicals, industrial waste, meat from animals which have been fattened with estrogenic drugs.