The Link Between Diet and Breast Cancer

Nutrition can have an impact on the risk of developing many types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends maintaining a healthy weight and eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Try to limit or avoid highly processed foods such as bacon, deli meat, sausage, refined grains, sugary beverages, and alcohol. Not sure how to get started?

  • Try small but consistent changes in your diet. Eating well doesn’t have to be boring or expensive. The basics of healthy eating include fruits and vegetables, lean meats and plant-based sources of protein, less processed food, less sugar, and avoidance of foods with trans fats.
  • Engage in physical activity at least 150 minutes per week. Consult your doctor if you haven’t been active or are concerned about your health. Find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, biking, gardening, or swimming.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Even a weight loss of 2 to 5 percent of your body weight can improve your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and energy level, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.