Nine Food Habits to Fight Breast Cancer

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Nine Food Habits to Fight Breast Cancer

The vast majority of breast cancer is not inherited. Without a family history, you still have about a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of developing the disease. You can help reduce your risk of breast cancer in nine simple and even delicious ways.

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Increase your intake of carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables, i.e. carrots, broccoli, oranges and leafy greens. Cabbage and broccoli have cancer fighting qualities.

Try this Summer Chopped Salad with Quick-Pickled Vegetables for a carotenoid-rich meal.

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Eat high fiber foods. These include fruits like prunes and pears, rye breads and legumes like navy beans and cooked pinto beans.

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Eat a handful of nuts every day, especially walnuts as they contain the most antioxidants.

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Some studies show that increasing your flax seed consumption may cut your risk by 50%.

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Green tea has cancer fighting properties, but you have to drink two to four cups a day to maximize benefit.

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Omega-3 fish oil – try to grill more fish, especially salmon and halibut this summer.

Try this delicious and healthy Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil recipe.

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Cut back on sugar.

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Drink alcohol only in moderation.

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Maintain an overall healthy weight. Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer and a well-balanced, nutritious diet is essential in warding off many cancers and other diseases.

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Angelina Jolie has her breasts removed. Huge news! And, now you are hearing about the genetic component of breast cancer and maybe breathing a sigh of relief your family is squeaky clean in this department. Don't get comfortable just yet.

Over 90% of breast cancer is not inherited. Without a family history, you still have about a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of developing the disease.

Angelina fought against cancer in a very smart, very proactive, and very public way. You can fight against this disease that affects so many women in much more simple, even delicious ways.

Check out the slideshow above to discover nine food habits that can help reduce your risk of breast cancer.

And read Dr. Karen Latimer's article on StyleList to find out if you should be tested for the breast cancer-linked BRCA gene mutation.

Karen is the founder and family editor for Tips From Town.

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