Reduce the Risk

No food can prevent you from getting breast cancer. But some foods can boost your immune system, and help keep your risk for breast cancer low.

My mother died of breast cancer. I have had many violent deaths in my family and each one has been gut wrenching. Nothing is as bad as watching a beloved parent die by degrees.

My mother loved food. She loved milk, butter, paneer, fatty foods, maida, parathas, samosa, puddings. She never exercised, using the excuse that she had asthma.

Many of us will get cancer. Some of it seems to be genetic. But our diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. Breast cancer is less common in countries where the typical diet is plant-based and low in total fat.  Studies suggests that girls who eat a high-fat diet during puberty, even if they don’t become overweight, may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life. It is clear that calories do count — and fat is a major source of calories. Overweight women are thought to be at higher risk for breast cancer because the extra fat cells make oestrogen, which can cause extra breast cell growth which increases the risk of breast cancer.

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