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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

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6 Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 beneficial addition to your diet. 2. Dark Leafy Greens Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard and mustard greens are excellent sources of dietary fiber and folate. These robust vegetables also contain carotenoids. Some laboratory research finds that carotenoids can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, according to the AICR. 3. Fish Choose fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, says Lori Magoulas, Ph.D., registered dietitian, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Some, though not all, studies show that women who consume more omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, have a reduced risk of breast cancer compared with those who eat little fish. In addition, salmon is high in vitamin D, which is being researched for its breast cancer fighting potential. 4. Legumes: There's an inverse association between the consumption of fiber- containing foods and all-cause mortality, according to a 2014 report on breast cancer survivorship produced by the World Cancer Research Fund International/American Institute for Cancer Research Continuous Update Project Report. Dried beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, as well as folate, a vitamin that helps repair damaged cells. 5. Soy The same 2014 study on breast cancer survivorship looked at soy consumption. The evidence suggests an inverse relationship between consuming foods that contain soy and all-cause mortality. Bender describes the link as "limited, suggested evidence" and suggests consuming soy in moderation, such as a half-cup of tofu. If soy is one of those foods you've been told to avoid if you've had breast cancer, talk to your healthcare provider. 6. Tomatoes Postmenopausal women who consume more tomatoes are at lower risk for breast cancer, according to a study conducted by Adana A.M. Llanos, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which encourages the body to produce higher levels of adiponectin, a protein involved in the regulation of blood sugar and fat metabolism. A one-cup serving of tomato juice or a combination of a bowl of tomato soup, a half-cup tomato-based pasta sauce and a tablespoon of ketchup during the day yields a beneficial amount of lycopene, according to Llanos, who conducted her research as a fellow at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study also showed greater benefits for women who had a healthy weight, writes Llanos in an email interview. 7. Vegetables With Color "Definitely getting fruits and vegetables is important to prevent breast cancer and important in recovery," Magoulas says. "Think of the week: have you eaten anything purple, orange or green? Embrace color," Magoulas says. 8. Walnuts "Walnuts are one of the most studied nuts in terms of cancer," Bender says. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that may reduce the risk of breast cancer. 9. Water Dehydration may increase your risk of developing breast cancer by inhibiting the removal of carcinogens in the body's cells, according to an older study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Water is a calorie- free way to stay well hydrated. 10. Whole Grains Like legumes, whole grains are a good source of dietary fiber. Different grains contain specific anticancer compounds, so eat a variety. © CTW Features

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