Prevent Cancer Through Nutrition

We fight cancer every day when we exercise, wear sun screen and stay smoke-free.

A healthy diet is another way many people can help prevent cancer. For people already diagnosed with cancer, eating nutritious foods also supports their treatment, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Whether you, a parent, or friend or a child has been diagnosed, chances are, your life has been touched by cancer,” said Ethan Bergman, a Registered Dietitian and president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in a news release. “While cancer can leave us feeling helpless, the good news is there are measures you can take to prevent the disease. Your diet is one of the most important factors under your control.”

More than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to federal health statistics. Another half-million will die from the disease. April has been designated Cancer Control Month to raise awareness and help prevent more people from getting cancer.

“Consult your physician to see if you are at risk for developing cancer, and work with a registered dietitian to build a healthful eating plan tailored to your needs, lifestyle and medical concern,” Bergman said.

The academy recommends the following tips to reduce the risk of cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. “The connection between cancer and obesity varies widely for different cancer types, but is as high as 40 percent for some cancers, particularly breast, colon and endometrial cancers,” the release states.
  • Avoid foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. Added sugars and fats in foods make people gain weight. Replace these choices with healthy, cancer-preventing foods.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Half of every meal should be a variety of colorful fruit and vegetables.
  • Limit alcohol. Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, colon and rectum. Federal health authorities say men should not drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily. For women, it is one drink per day.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics news release, National Institutes of Health

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One thought on “Prevent Cancer Through Nutrition

  1. Amanda Frank

    This is a wonderful post, and it’s so very true. My cousin Missy was diagnosed with cancer and I remember our family being numb to the reality of it. She never really took very good care of herself and she didn’t eat right. Getting that diagnosis was her wake up call to turn things around, and she did. Luckily with the encouragement from our family, she’s living a much healthier life, she’s eating better and exercising more and she’s in remission. A childhood friend who went through a similar situation suggested that I get her a cookbook called “Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott. I flipped through it before I gave it to her and the recipes look delicious; not only do they look good, they are! Missy had me over for dinner one night and the food was outstanding, she now says it’s her favorite cookbook. There is a lot more information on the author’s website, it’s definitely worth checking out if you or someone you know is facing the big “C”.

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