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You can lower your risk for breast cancer by reaching for the right foods, according to five new studies.
"A woman can cut her chance of cancer by as much as two-thirds with good nutrition and weight management," says Cheryl L. Rock, Ph.D., R.D., professor of family and preventive medicine at the
Fill your diet with lean protein and plentiful produce--to help keep your weight in check and provide cancer-fighting compounds. Good choices:
Taking fish-oil supplements for at least 10 years can shrink your risk of ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. It's thought that the omega-3 fats in fish oil reduce inflammation, which may contribute to breast cancer. But you can skip the supplement aisle, say researchers, and eat about 8 ounces of oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna) a week.
2. Olive Oil
Here's another reason to reach for extra- virgin olive oil: When researchers in Barcelona gave rats with breast cancer a diet in which fat came predominantly from extra-virgin olive oil (vs. corn oil), they found that the olive oil's antioxidants and oleic acid (a mono- unsaturated fat) quelled the growth of malignant cells.
Sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli, reduced the number of breast cancer stem cells (which cause cancer spread and recurrence) in mice, according to research from the
Drinking about two 12-ounce coffees a day may lower your risk of an aggressive form of breast cancer, says a
"One possibility is that coffee's antioxidants protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer," says study author Jingmei Li, Ph.D. More research is needed, so don't up your intake based on these figures just yet.
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