Diet for Breast Cancer Patients

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 04, 2013

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Do you know that what you eat can help you to fight cancer? What you eat can make a difference in your risk of developing several types cancer. Some foods add to your risk of developing cancer where as some foods have anti-cancer property---and they can decrease your risk of cancer. Experts say that healthy diet not only keeps you at a healthy weight but reduces your risk of breast cancer as well.


Diet and Breast Cancer: Increased Risk With Weight Gain


There are several factors that influence your risk of developing breast cancer like your age, age at menopause, family history of breast cancer, and history of childbearing. But besides this another factor which possibly increases your risk of cancer is obesity or weight gain. According to recent study risk of cancer was 3.2 times higher in post menopausal obese women than women at healthy weight. In breast cancer survivors as well some researchers believe that excess weight or obesity increase the risk of recurrence and mortality


However association between low-fat or vegetable-filled diet and decrease in risk of cancer has not been observed. In a study the risk of breast cancer recurrence was reduced with low-fat diet but the study participants lost weight as well. So some researches believe that the risk of cancer was probably related to weight loss and not the low dietary fats.


Diet and Breast Cancer: The Effect of Eating Soy


Several experts on nutrition recommend soy-based foods as these foods are high in protein and have low-fat content---which can help you to lose weight. However association between soy foods and decrease in risk cancer (general or breast cancer specifically) has not been noted.


But there are several other reasons to include soy based foods in your diet---like it is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, both of which are beneficial for your health. As soy has very weak plant-based estrogen, a concern is if soy-based foods could increase the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer. Experts recommend that breast cancer survivors can continue to eat soy in moderate amounts. This does seem to increase the risk of breast cancer. However nutritionists recommend caution with use of powdered soy and similar supplements as the levels of plant estrogens in such products is not known and may be unsafe.


Diet and Breast Cancer: Alcohol and Increased Risk

Alcohol can increase your risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if your blood level of folate (a water-soluble B vitamin present in leafy green vegetables and beans) is low.
According to the American Cancer Society women should not consume more than one glass of alcohol daily. Some experts believe that even two drinks per week might increase your risk of breast cancer.


Experts say that the uncertainty on the relationship between alcohol and breast cancer risk is due to the fact that most studies have examined the effect of one or more glass of alcohol and breast cancer risk. Studies have not examined the effect of less than one glass of alcohol.


Another factor that confounds the recommendation on moderate use of alcohol is that it has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease--- a leading cause of mortality in some parts of the world. Alcohol may lower the risk of heart disease but need not start drinking for this reason. There are many better ways to reduce your risk of heart disease.



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