Although there is no magic bullet for breast cancer prevention a generally healthy diet can be helpful, in fact some research estimates that 9% of cancer cases may be prevented by good diet. However this does need to be addressed earlier in life rather than in our 40’s and 50’s when most women tend to be concerned about their breast health.
During the time that breast tissue is developing is the when it is most sensitive to environmental triggers. Research shows that consumption of specific foods during adolescence may reduce risks for breast cancer.
- Consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. For sufficient benefit these veggies should be consumed a few times a week. They provide cancer‐fighting sulforaphane that can kill cancer cells and protect healthy cells from initial damage.
- Eating more plant based protein such as legumes and reducing the amount of meat, poultry in the diet.
- Regularly consuming soy foods such as tempeh, tofu and miso can help stimulate genes that suppress tumour formation.
- Ensuring the predominant source of fat in the diet comes from plant oils such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive and canola oil and reducing sources of animal fats like full cream dairy, processed and red meats may also provide some protection.
- Try to include spices such as tumeric in your meals on a regular bases, studies have shown that the compound curcumin found in tumeric may assist in preventing disease progression.
There are a few dietary habits that appear to offer some protection: