As skin cancer in the first place, breast cancer is the second most dangerous killer in the USA women. One out of every 8 women (12%) in USA will at some point get a strong cancer form in the breasts during life. People try anything from natural to artificial medicines to resolve this breast cancer.
But even worse is that many women have breast cancer and don’t notice symptoms before it develops in serious stages when it is almost too late to react in any way. So it is really important to recognize in time to do something about it, or at least prevent it with these food items.
RD, epidemiologist and dietitian, Suzanne Dixon, stated that eating various things is useful for prevention and such foods include:
- Legumes- beans, lentils and similar; anti cancer properties due to the phytosterols in them. In a study from Harvard University scientists, women that consumed legumes at least 2 times a week had 24 % less chances of getting the cancer in comparison to women that ate legumes once a month for example.
- Mushrooms- the breast cancer depends on estrogen mostly. When the cancer doesn’t get enough of this hormone, it gets its supply from an enzyme – aromatase. This aromatase makes synthetic estrogen. The mushrooms prevent the estrogen processes because they lower down the aromatase activities.
In a study from 2009, in China, professionals discovered that women that consumed more than 10 grams mushrooms, fresh, had less cancer risk by 64%! Italian brown, shiitake, chantrelle, crimini, Woodear, oyster, enoki, button, stuffing and Portobello all have good benefits.
- Nuts- Dixon adds that all nuts have many phytosterols that in lab animal testings showed good results in blocking tumor growth. In another study from Journal Nutrition and Cancer, it was published that walnuts had bioactive molecules that are anti cancer by nature. It was also discovered that if you put walnuts serum in petri dish directly, it reduces the cancer risk incredibly much more.
- Crucifer veggies- these veggies include cabbage, broccoli, kale or Brussels sprouts. They are highly anti cancer in benefits and they have the important glucosinolate. In the digestive processes in the body, this component is broken down into active nitriles, indoles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates. They fight cancer growth, not just the breast type.
A few studies under high control conditions stated that women who ate a lot of these veggies had much lower risks.
Factors that increase the cancer risk
It is not always enough to just pay attention to the foods, also you could avoid factors that increase the cancer risk. Here are a few:
- Oral contraception
- Saturated fat intake
- Lack of sleep
- Genetic predisposition
- Cosmetics with parabens
Some risks are out of our control and we cannot change them, but eating healthy is one big factor to pay attention to.