Why all the focuse on theis particular cancer? Because of its prevalence: one is eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. And breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide.
By the numbers:
207,090 Women who will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2010.
39,840 Women who will die of breast cancer in 2010.
390 Men who will die of breast cancer in 2010.
75 Percent of women over 40 who get annual mammograms.
10 Percet of tumors missed by mammograms.
What can you do to avoid becoming one of the statistics? Nutrition and lifestyle choice will help you not to become a statistic.
When you need a snack, rach for walnuts. They’re rich in omega -3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols, three nutrient powerhouse that slow breast tumor growth. In 2009 a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that mice eating the human equivalent of 2 ounces that’s just 14 walnuts a day were much less likely to develop breast cancer. Related research shows that the same amount of walnuts in the diet blocks cancer cell proliferation, causing existing tumors to develop more slowly. Because walnuts pack concentrated calories and wallop of fat even though it’s the healthy kind, and weight gain raises breast cancer risk, be sure to substitute walnuts for other snacks.
Defend with D:
When it comes to cancer vitamin D is critical to a strong defense: It stops cancerous cells from multiplaying, gives tumor cells the signal to kill temselves, and even helps produce a tumor-suppressing protein that blocks malignant cell growth in breasttumors. Getting enough vitamin D may reduce breast cancer risk by an astonishing 30%, according to Harvard researchers who compared cancer development in women with the highest versus lowest vitamin D blood levels. Most Americans are vitamin – D deficient, so many experts urge all adults to supplement with at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day.
Opt for green tea:
Studies have shown that women who regularly drink green tea have 12% lower risk of developing breast cancer. In fact, research suggests that the longer and more often women drink tea, the stronger their protection from breast cancer. Tea contains powerful antioxdants, including the superstar epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Green and white teas, in particular, are paked with EGCG although black and oolong teas also have some. EGCG deactivates harmful free radicals before they damage DNA and trigger cancerous changes.
However if you have breast pain mastalgia or fibrocystic breast changes consider avoiding methylzanthines, the family of caffeine and caffeinelike compounds in caffeinated coffee and tea. These can contribute to painful breast systs, say William Dunn MD from the West Michigan Cancer Center. If you’er quitting coffee and tea, be aware that it can take a few for the pain to decrease or go wawy completely.
Forify with fiber:
Known for its degestive cleansing capablitities, fiber actually does much more then just keep pipes clean, including reducting the risk of breast cancer, fibrocystic breast conditions, and breast pain. Fiber’s role in breast cancer risk reduction isn’t completely understood, but the leading theory, is that fiber both increase the excretion of estrogens and lowers estrogen levels in the blood. Fiber also helps keep wight in checj and because fat tissue produces estrogen. A trim waistline translates to reduced cancer risk. Women shold aim for 28 grams of fiber every day and men 38 grams of fiber every day. The average American gets just 15 grams of fiber. The fiber in cereal like oatmeal and whole grain cereals and fruits such as apples, figs, and raisins in especially healthy for breasts.
Befriend folic acid:
Essential for proper cell division and growth, folic acid helps build DNA and RNA, blueprintesfor every cell in your body. It also acts as a cell supervisor preventing changes to DNA that can lead to cancer. Women who don’t get enough folic acid face greater risk for breast cancer. Consider soy:
Some health experts believe soy can increase breast cancer risk, but no conclusive research supporting this theory exists, say Tori Hudson, ND, Portland Oregon, based author of Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 2008). In fact a large body of research shows that eating soy from a young age and throughout life lessens breast cancer risk. In 2009 a study found that including soy foods in the diet during the teen years correlated with a 43% frop in premenopausl breast cancer risk and that high intakes of soy in adulthood lowered premenopausl breast cancer risk by 59%.