Diet and Breast Cancer

Recommendations and Potential benefits

Choose your fat wisely.
Women in countries that eat high amounts of meat and dairy fat have a high breast cancer risk, while women in countries that mostly eat rice, soya, vegetables, and fish have a low risk.

Feast on fibre.
Many studies have shown that people who eat plenty of whole grains have a lower risk for breast cancer.

Fill up on fruits and vegetables.
Although not proven, a diet high in fruits and vegetables may afford some protection against breast cancer.

Go fish.
Fish eaters have been reported to have a low risk of breast cancer, possibly due to fish’s high omega-3 fatty acid content.

Go vegetarian.
Compared with meat eaters, most studies have found that vegetarians are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

Pour on the olive oil.
Olive oil in the diet has been associated with low breast cancer risk in some preliminary reports.

Stay tuned about soya.
The commonly held belief that eating soya foods will protect against breast cancer is far from proven.

Team up with tomatoes.
High in the anti-oxidant lycopene, tomatoes have been shown to protect against a variety of cancers including breast cancer.

Cut down on alcohol.
Limit your intake to lower your risk: Studies show that women who drink alcohol have a higher breast cancer risk than those who abstain.

Reduce your sugar.
Studies have shown that women who eat high amounts of sugar-containing foods have had an increased breast cancer risk, whether the association may be due to other dietary or lifestyle factors is unknown.

Watch your meat intake.
Some studies have shown that eating meat is linked to increased breast cancer risk, although the association may depend on whether the meat is well-done (browned), which introduces more carcinogens.