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Diet and Lifestyle Can Prevent Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer doesn't occur overnight. Many years can pass before a palpable lump forms. But lifestyle changes can prevent it from developing further.

Pink ribbon as breast cancer awareness plus collage of words into a hand at right.© CC-by-sa 3.0, Collage Catalina Sparleanu, PhD

Conclusions

Many years can pass between the time the first cell starts to multiply erratically and a palpable lump forms. In this period, lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can prevent breast cancer from developing further.

Various studies have shown that smoking, drinking alcohol, and consuming animal products represent significant risk factors for the development of breast cancer.1 Even if it is still a controversial issue, multiple research studies have confirmed the negative impact of milk and dairy products on the development of breast cancer.

A vegan diet is proven to significantly reduce this risk. Scientists recommend cruciferous vegetables as these not only prevent breast cancer but also combat existing tumors.2 It has also been shown that the consumption of flaxseed, dietary fiber 3 and berries has a positive effect in the prevention of breast cancer.

How breast cancer develops

Each year, around 230'000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. And 40'000 of them die from breast cancer.4 Like many other tumors, breast cancer starts with a single cell that divides. With each division, a tumor can double in size.5 This process can take between days and years.

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