10 Superfoods That Help Prevent Breast Cancer

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. Malignant means that it can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.

Cells in the breast sometimes change and no longer grow or behave normally. These changes may lead to benign breast conditions such as atypical hyperplasia and cysts. They can also lead to benign tumors such as intraductal papillomas. Benign conditions and tumors are not cancerous. But in some cases, changes to breast cells can cause breast cancer.

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Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:

  • Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.
  • Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age.
  • A personal history of breast cancer. If you've had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
  • A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most common gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don't make cancer inevitable.
  • Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.
  • Obesity. Being obese increases your risk of breast cancer.
  • Beginning your period at a younger age. Beginning your period before age 12 increases your risk of breast cancer.
  • Beginning menopause at an older age. If you began menopause at an older age, you're more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • Having your first child at an older age. Women who give birth to their first child after age 35 may have an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Having never been pregnant. Women who have never been pregnant have a greater risk of breast cancer than do women who have had one or more pregnancies.
  • Postmenopausal hormone therapy. Women who take hormone therapy medications that combine estrogen and progesterone to treat the signs and symptoms of menopause have an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer decreases when women stop taking these medications.
  • Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime!

In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.About 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2015. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. It’s great to know that there are foods we can incorporate into your daily life to help lower the risk of you getting breast cancer. There is nothing to lose by incorporating, but there is tons to gain!

Top 10 Superfoods for Breast Cancer Prevention

1.) Avocado: A study showed the chemical in Avocados called persin, which makes Avocados toxic to animals and insects, its extremely beneficial to females in that persin may help fight breast cancer.

2.) Flax seeds : The integrative cancer theory journal published a huge study which showed flax seeds as pertains to breast cancer, increased cell death (apoptosis) within tumors, decreased HER2 expression(  a protein associated with breast cancer malignancy decreased breast cancer proliferation, improved a typical cytomorphology (ie normalization of cells) decreased risk of primary breast cancer by 18%.

3.) Rosehip: very high in breast cancer fighting nutrients, including one of the highest levels in nature of the breast cancer fighting antioxidant lycopene. A good deal of research exists as pertains to lycopene from tomato being effective in fighting breast cancer, but few other plants have much more lycopene potent breast cancer fighter then rosehip.

4.) Chili peppers : The active ingredient, capsaicin has been shown to inhibit growth and induce apoptosis in breast cancer cells. Several population studies have found an association between hot pepper consumption and lower incidence of breast cancer.

5.) Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon : Extensive studies and research shows the Omega-3 rich salmon decreases breast cancer risk, as we are overloaded and out of balance with too much Omega-6 in the USA. Alaskan Salmon is perhaps the highest whole food source of breast cancer fighting vitamin D.

6.) Culinary Argan Oil : Is very rich in Gamma-Tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin E is gaining attention as a breast cancer fighter.

7.) Black Sesame Seeds: The highest levels of breast cancer fighting vitamin E in nature. "Life Extensions" reported that Epidemiological evidence indicates that women who consume the most dietary Gamma-Tocopherol have a 60% lower risk of breast cancer.

8.) Gac (Fak Khaao) : The breast cancer research, although tomato gets most of the attention as the main lycopene rich food.Gac has up to 70 times the cancer fighting  Lycopene as the tomato.

9.) Cucurmin/Turmeric : Curcumin, which gives the spice its characteristic saffron-like color. Turmeric is capable of inducing programmed cell death (apoptasis) within triple negative breast cancer cells. This spice/superfood has one of the most potent disease fighting profiles known to man.

10.) Garlic : Studies have shown that women found that those who consumed garlic regularly had a noticeably lower incidence of breast cancer. Eating just one clove of garlic a week made a significant statistical difference.Another study showed garlic decreases the formation of carcinogens in breast tumors by preventing toxins from binding to DNA in breast cells.

 

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References

http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/breast-cancer/?region=on

http://www.gaiahealthblog.com/2014/11/25/my-top-10-breast-cancer-prevention-superfoods-part-2/

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