Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Breast Cancer: Cutting the Risk

This being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it seems appropriate to reflect on what we know about the causes of the disease. While there is no known way to "prevent" breast cancer, most independent researchers agree that environmental factors - not genetics - account for the largest percentage of cases. Thus the prevailing wisdom about breast cancer "running in families" is more likely because they share environments, not because they share genes. 

So what can you do to reduce risks to yourself and your family? 

• Avoid any radiation unless it's absolutely necessary
• Don't eat or drink out of plastic containers
• Avoid parabens in your personal care products 
• Don't use pesticides on your lawn 
• Try to buy organic dairy products without growth hormones
• Avoid pesticide residues by purchasing organic fruits and vegetables
• Stay away from conventional high-fat dairy products
• Limit your consumption of meat and alcohol 
• Eat plenty of whole grains and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, etc.) 
• Eat raw or fermented soy foods
• Find a cookbook for plant-based meals and use it on a regular basis 

You can find more information on healthy and protective foods at