Food & Nutrition

10 Foods That Can Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

No food can completely prevent or cure breast cancer, but adding these to your diet can seriously lower your cancer risk.

Olive oil

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Olive oil is a famously healthy fat, and now, research suggests it has cancer-fighting potential. Researchers in Spain conducted a five-year study of 4,300 women to track how characteristics of a Mediterranean diet impacted breast cancer risk. One group of women consumed extra servings of extra virgin olive oil, another added an extra serving of nuts, and the third reduced fat intake. The group supplemented with olive oil had 62 percent fewer cancer diagnoses than the women who only cut back on fat. These are breast cancer symptoms you might not know about.


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Good news, coffee addicts. Scientists at Fudan University in China found that one extra cup of coffee each day can reduce your cancer risk by 3 percent. It has an even greater effect on women taking the hormone therapy drug tamoxifen, a standard treatment for patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. A study from Lund University in Sweden showed that women who drank two or more cups of joe per day while taking the drug cut the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence in half.


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Don’t throw away those apple peels; they’re ripe with cancer-fighting compounds. According to a Cornell University study, triterpenoids and phytochemicals, compounds found in apple peels, can inhibit or kill tumor growth in breast cancer cells. Stop believing these myths about common breast cancer causes.



Even a small snack could make a big impact on breast cancer prevention, according to a study from the Marshall University School of Medicine. When mice with human breast cancer ate the human equivalent of two servings of walnuts each day, they stumped their cancer’s growth rate by 80 percent. Plus, the group of mice that ate walnuts had 40 percent fewer tumors than those that didn’t eat the nuts. While more research is needed to confirm these findings for humans, adding more antioxidant-filled walnuts to your diet can’t hurt.

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