Ward off breast cancer with diet
Staying in shape and getting enough exercise is one of the simplest ways we can help our body stave off certain diseases, including cancer and heart-related problems. Eating well is also a powerful tool to keep the body working at its best.
With this in mind professor Mohammad Keshtgar, a breast cancer consultant surgeon at London's Royal Free Hospital, has come up with the best and worst foods to consume avoid breast cancer.
Cancer will likely touch most people one way or another, with breast being the most common in women. As well as regularly self-checking your breasts for any changes it's also advised to tailor your diet to help ward off the disease.
"I have become increasingly convinced that diet and lifestyle play a part in the development of breast cancer. Making changes really can reduce your risk," professor Keshtgar told MailOnline.
"Studies now show as many as nine per cent of cancer cases could be prevented by dietary changes."
So what should we be eating more of? Well to start with, five portions of fruit and veg every day. This is because they are packed full of antioxidants, which help prevent the process that can lead to cancer. They are also a strong source of dietary fibre, which has been shown to reduce breast cancer risk.
"Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and cabbage are a particularly excellent source of plant nutrients which have been shown to prevent the formation of cancer cells and stop the spread of cancer," professor Keshtgar noted.
It's also a good idea to add beans and pulses to your plate, for their high fibre and protein content. Add to soups, salads and hot dishes for an easy health kick.
And what should we be avoiding? The usual suspects crops up here; sugar, saturated fats and processed meats.
"Some preservatives that are used in the production of processed meats (bacon, ham and hot dogs, for example) are thought (but not proven) to be carcinogenic," professor Keshtgar said, a carcinogen being a substance or radiation directly involved with causing cancer.
Also don't indulge in too much red meat, which is high in saturated fat. If you're a fan of barbequing food, be extra careful not to char your meat as this can produce carcinogenic chemicals.
"Saturated fat is associated with the risk of developing post- menopausal breast cancer and poorer survival after breast cancer diagnosis," professor Keshtgar outlined.