Breast cancer development is thought to be largely preventable. Although all the ins and outs are not yet know, we do know that by exercising regularly and eating the right nutrients as part of a healthy diet to sustain a healthy weight, you may reduce your risk of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer

Tara Whyand, Oncology Dietitian, offers her top tips based on the most up to date evidence:

1. Avoid a diet high in saturated fats such as oils, butter, cream, fatty meats, coconut, chocolate, biscuits and cakes. Lean meat and nuts are not to be avoided as they also contain zinc. Zinc deficiency could be a risk factor for breast cancer. Meat must not be overcooked or well done however.

2. Limit high carbohydrate foods if you are under 50 years old. These include sugars and starches. At least half of your plate should consist of salad or vegetables in main meals, limiting pasta, potatoes, rice etc.

3. Eat more fruit for their high antioxidant vitamin and fibre content. Tomatoes, watermelon, papaya and pink guava contain a carotenoid called lycopene which has been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer.

4. If you are post -menopausal, eat more plant oestrogens called phytoestrogens. They are found in soya bean products and the fibre of whole grains, fruit, vegetables and flaxseeds.

5. Eat more marine foods containing fish oils (marine omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids). Salmon, fresh tuna, herring, pilchards and sardines all make good choices.

6. Eat more foods containing compounds called flavanoids. They are found in onions, broccoli, tea, fruits and turmeric ( curcumin).

7. Keep a healthy body mass index (BMI of 18.5-24.9kg/m2) by not having too high an energy intake, and by regularly exercising to burn off any excess.

8. Prevent vitamin D deficiency by eating fortified foods, oily fish, eggs and supplements. A small amount of sunshine will help but cannot be relied on.

9. Try not to drink alcohol at all. If you do drink, see it as an occasional treat and do not exceed 14 units a week.

10. Do not smoke tobacco and avoid breathing in second-hand smoke. If you have smoked in the past you may have depleted vitamin levels and it is important to restore levels back to normal with a better dietary intake.

Of course these steps won't only reduce your risk of breast cancer or its recurrence; it will also improve your health in general!

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