By Elizabeth Heubeck
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
As researchers continue to wage war against cancer, many have begun to focus on what could be the most promising ammunition to date: diet.
“The easiest, least-expensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is just by eating a healthy diet,” says Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, PhD, MPH, RD, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute.
When it comes to a diet rich in cancer-fighting substances, most experts agree that it should consist of a predominantly plant-based diet. “If you have two-thirds of plant food on your plate, that seems to be enough to avoid excessive amounts of food high in saturated fat,” says Karen Collins, RD, nutritional advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research.
That seemingly simple advice could mean a drastic change in diet for many people.
“People who are thinking that this is like a diet, and are trying to choke this stuff down, it’s never going to last,” Collins tells WebMD. “You’re looking at creating something for a lifetime. If it takes you awhile, but each month or so you enjoy [one more vegetable], then that’s great,” Collins.
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Here are some great tips on prevention and early detection for the American Cancer Society. They have a great website with lots of information.
What you can do
The best defense is to find breast cancer early– when it’s small, has not spread, and is easier to treat. Finding breast cancer early is called “early detection.” The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early detection:
- Women age 40 and older should have mammograms each year and continue to do so as long as they are in good health.
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular check-up by a health professional, preferably every 3 years. Women 40 and older should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health professional right away. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Talk to a doctor or nurse about benefits and limitations of BSE.
The American Cancer Society recommends that some women at high risk for breast cancer – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – be screened with MRI along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with your doctor about your history and the best screening plan for you. For more information, please call us at 1-800-227-2345 or see our document called Breast Cancer: Early Detection at www.cancer.org.