1 in 8 Black Women Have a Chance of Developing Breast Cancer — What You Eat Makes a Difference

Posted: June 16, 2014 in NUTRITION
Black Woman Eating Celery

In the U.S, one in eight Black women will get breast cancer. Further, the breast cancer death rate for women aged 45-64 years is 60 percent higher for Black women than white women. For women who are breast cancer survivors, food plays an important role in their health and longevity. Here are some recommendations:

Think Yellow, Orange and Green

Vegetables like squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach contain carotenoids, found in the pigment, which are known to reduce the risk of recurring breast cancer.

Eat Fish

Fish, especially oily fishes like salmon, haddock, cod, halibut and sardines, provide plenty of omega-3 fatty acids that contribute to improved breast cancer prognosis.

Go High on Fiber

A diet rich in fiber has been linked to lower mortality rates among breast cancer patients. One reason is that fiber fills you up, decreasing the appetite and calories consumed, which helps to keep weight down. Why is this important with breast cancer patients? Because weight gain can increase the risk of most types of cancer. More weight means more estrogen produced by the body which increases the risk of breast cancer.

Remember the old expression, “You are what you eat?” It is especially true with breast cancer survivors. Watching what you eat will help keep the cancer cells from growing and increase health and longevity among breast cancer survivors.

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