Best Defense Against Breast Cancer? Eating Right

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Originally Published February 7, 2019 on getinthegroove | By Debra Witt

One in eight. You know the statistic by heart – that’s how many women will stare down breast cancer in their lifetime. While we all walk around with that all-too-real fact hovering in the backs of our minds, award-winning Ob/Gyn Sherry Ross, M.D., says we’d do a lot more for our health and well being if we instead tucked away a few key nutrition nuggets that will put us on a prevention path.

“Every woman I know wants to know what she can do to prevent breast cancer, or at the very least reduce her risks,” says Dr. Ross, author of She-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women’s Health. Period.   “They’re often surprised when I bring up food as one of the best first-line defenses. But the right foods and staying active really can help keep women safe.” 

To be clear, you can’t eat your way to 100 percent protection from breast cancer. But when you fill your plate with foods that are known to boost your immune system and that are low in saturated fat and high in fiber, she explains, you can lower your chances of developing breast cancer. And if you have or have had breast cancer, studies show this healthy eating style may help reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.

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