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Foods That Could Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

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Experts believe different lifestyles and eating habits act as contributory factors to the development of breast cancer especially for women after their menopause. However, it’s always better to start practicing healthy eating habits at an early age to lower the risk of getting breast cancer. To spread education about this disease during this month of Breast Cancer Awareness, we’ve listed down some foods that you should incorporate in your daily diet that can help reduce the risk of getting cancer.

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FISH or NUTS

British Medical Journal states that eating fish can reduce your risk by 14%. Omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in fish is able to boost a person’s immune system and also improve their blood circulation. These fatty acids are also found in nuts like peanut butter which may reduce chances of getting breast disease.

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BERRIES

Strawberries and raspberries contain high levels of ellagic acid which not only help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer but also skin, bladder, lung and oesophagus cancers. It’s time to get berries in your bellies!

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BEANS and CEREAL

Beans and cereal are both high in fibre. Research have shown that consuming just 10 grams a day lower the risk of developing breast cancer by 7%.

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RED and ORANGE FRUITS /VEGETABLES

Eating plenty of red and orange fruits and vegetables which contain carotenoids can lower the development of breast cancer by 20%. Carotenoids can be found in tomatoes and carrots. It’s time to spice up your diet with more colours!

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VITAMIN D 

Tofu, soy or almond milk – these are foods that are high in vitamin D, a nutrient that can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Apart from foods, sunlight is also a source of Vitamin D – however, this doesn’t mean that you should stay under the sun for a prolonged amount of time!

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It’s not enough to just practice a healthy diet; you should also practice a healthier lifestyle to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting your alcohol intake, as well as quitting your smoking habit.

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