Hormonal cancers are always a concern for women and so being proactive is one of the best ways to reduce that risk.
No single food can prevent cancer, but the right combination of foods may help make a difference. At mealtimes, strike a balance of at least two-thirds plant-based foods and no more than one-third animal protein.
This is an important cancer fighting tool, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Check out better and worse choices for your plate.
Fighting cancer with colour
Fruit and vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients and the more colour, the more nutrients they contain. These foods can help lower your risk in a second way, too, when they help you reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
Carrying extra pounds increases the risk for multiple cancers, including colon, oesophagus, and kidney cancers. Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green, red, and orange vegetables.
Fighting cancer at breakfast
Naturally occurring folate is an important B vitamin that may help protect against cancers of the colon, rectum, and breast.
You can find it in abundance on the breakfast table. Fortified breakfast cereals and wholewheat products are good sources of folate. So are orange juice, melons, and strawberries.
Fighting cancer with folate
Other good sources of folate are asparagus and eggs. You can also find it in beans, sunflower seeds, and leafy green vegetables like spinach or romaine lettuce.
The best way to get folate is not from a pill, but by eating enough fruit, vegetables, and enriched grain products.
Fighting cancer with fewer processed meats
An occasional bacon sandwich isn’t going to hurt you. But cutting back on processed meats like ham, and all forms of sausage will help lower your risk of colorectal and stomach cancers.
Also, eating meats that have been preserved by smoking or with salt raises your exposure to chemicals that can potentially cause cancer.
Fighting cancer with tomatoes
Whether it’s the lycopene, the pigment that gives tomatoes their red colour, or something else isn’t clear. But some studies have linked eating tomatoes to reduced risk of several types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
Studies also suggest that processed tomato products such as juice, sauce, or paste increase the cancer-fighting potential.
Fighting cancer with tea
Even though the evidence is still limited, tea, especially green tea, may be a strong cancer fighter. In laboratory studies, green tea has slowed or prevented the development of cancer in colon, liver, breast, and prostate cells.
It also had a similar effect in lung tissue and skin. And in some longer term studies, tea was associated with lower risks for bladder, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. But more research in humans is needed before tea can be recommended as a cancer fighter.
Fighting cancer with grapes
Grapes and grape juice, especially purple and red grapes, contain resveratrol. This has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory studies, it has prevented the kind of damage that can trigger the cancer process in cells.
There is not enough evidence to say that eating grapes or drinking grape juice or wine (or taking supplements) can prevent or treat cancer but there may be something in that old habit of taking grapes into hospital?
Fighting cancer with less alcohol
Cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, and breast are all linked with drinking alcohol. Alcohol may also raise the risk for cancer of the colon and rectum.
The American Cancer Society recommends limiting alcohol to no more than two drinks per day for men and one for women.
Women at higher risk for breast cancer may want to talk with a doctor about what amount of alcohol, if any, is safe based on their personal risk factors.
Fighting cancer with water
Water not only quenches your thirst, but it may protect you against bladder cancer. The lower risk comes from water diluting concentrations of potential cancer-causing agents in the bladder.
Also, drinking more fluids causes you to urinate more frequently. That lessens the amount of time those agents stay in contact with the bladder lining.
Fighting cancer with beans
Beans are so good for you, it’s no surprise they may help fight cancer, too. They contain several potent phytochemicals that may protect the body’s cells against damage that can lead to cancer.
In the lab these substances slowed tumour growth and prevented them from releasing substances that damage nearby cells.
Fighting cancer with brassicas
Cruciferous vegetables, or brassicas as they are also known, include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, pak choi (a type of Chinese cabbage), and kale.
It is the components in these vegetables that may help your body defend against cancers such as colon, breast, lung, and cervix.
Lab research has been promising, but human studies have had mixed results.
Fighting cancer with dark green leafy vegetables
These include lettuce, kale, chicory, spinach, and chard all of which have an abundance of fibre, folate, and carotenoids.
These nutrients may help protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx, pancreas, lung, skin, and stomach.
Fighting cancer with turmeric
Curcumin is the main ingredient in the Indian spice turmeric and a potential cancer fighter.
Lab studies show it can suppress the transformation, proliferation, and invasion of cancerous cells for a wide array of cancers. Research in humans is ongoing.
Fighting cancer with berries
Strawberries and raspberries have a phytochemical called ellagic acid. This powerful antioxidant may actually fight cancer in several ways at once, including deactivating certain cancer causing substances and slowing the growth of cancer cells.
There is not, though, enough proof yet to say it can fight cancer in humans.
Also the potent antioxidants in blueberries may have wide value in supporting our health, starting with cancer. Antioxidants may help fight cancer by ridding the body of free radicals before they can do their damage to cells.
Fighting cancer with red ed sugar
Sugar may not cause cancer directly. But it may displace other nutrient-rich foods that help protect against cancer.
And it increases calorie counts, which contributes to overweight and obesity. Excess weight is also a cancer risk. Fruit offers a sweet alternative in a vitamin-rich package.
Fighting cancer with how you cook
How you cook meat can make a difference in how big a cancer risk it poses. Frying and grilling meats at very high temperatures causes chemicals to form that may increase cancer risk.
Other cooking methods such as stewing, braising, or steaming appear to produce fewer of those chemicals. And when you do stew the meat, remember to add plenty of healthy vegetables.
Fighting cancer with diet
Vitamins may help protect against cancer. But that’s when you get them naturally from food. It is best to get cancer-fighting nutrients from foods like nuts, fruits, and green leafy vegetables rather than just supplements.
Eating a varied diet to maintain a healthy weight is best.
Fighting cancer with progesterone
Bioidentical natural progesterone is known to have the effect of dampening down the stimulating effect of oestrogen on the tissues, particularly breast tissue.
This is exactly what you wish to achieve to give yourself maximum protection against breast cancer. Dr John Lee – the pioneer of natural progesterone cream usage – stated that in his view using bioidentical progesterone would help counteract the negative side effects of oestrogen drugs such as Tamoxifen.