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Guide to Diet and Breast Cancer: How to Fight Breast Cancer Naturally

Your one-stop source for information on the optimal diet, the top 21 foods, and the best recipes for preventing your risk of developing breast cancer.

The best way to fight breast cancer naturally is to prevent it from developing in the first place. The purpose of this online guide to Diet and Breast Cancer is to provide you with information and tips on how you can prevent breast cancer by eating (and avoiding) specific foods.

To understand how and why breast cancer develops in women, read the paragraphs below. If you already know what breast cancer is and how it develops, you can directly move to one of three main sections of this Diet and Breast Cancer Guide:

  1. Optimal Diet
  2. Top 21 Foods
  3. Best Recipes

Breast cancer is the highest cause of mortality of all cancers in American women. In the United States, the incidence of breast cancer has increased steadily since the 1930s. At present, an American woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer is approximately 13%, that is, 13% of women born today will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives, provided that the current rate stays the same. In other industrialized nations, the risk of breast cancer is similarly high. In contrast, women in western Asia, Africa and South America report have a lower incidence of breast cancer, although also in these regions breast cancer is becoming more common as many of the countries in these regions develop.

Under normal conditions, breast cells grow, divide, and die in a controlled manner. Breast cancer develops when breast cells begin to grow out of control. Instead of dying, these cells outlive normal cells, invade adjacent tissues, and sometimes spread to other parts of the body via lymph or blood (process called metastasis). Breast cancer forms a tumor or tumors, but not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors are abnormal growths that are self-limited and that do not intrude on surrounding tissues or spread to other locations in the body.

The role of diet in the development of cancer has been researched since the 1940s. Breast cancer is one the cancers that are believed to be particularly sensitive to dietary factors. Some experts have estimated that changes in diet could reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 80%. To learn more about dietary factors that play a role in the development of breast cancer, continue to page The Anti-Breast-Cancer Diet.