Consumption of fats: Avoid foods like stock margarine, packaged baked goods, snack foods and the polyunsaturated fats abundant in corn, sunflower, and safflower oils. Polyunsaturated fats may increase the risk of breast cancer by increasing oestrogen levels, so lean more towards monounsaturated fats found in foods like olives and canola, salmon, sardines, and herring.
Fiber: Beans, brown rice, whole-grain breads and cereals, and many fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber. Fiber binds up excess oestrogen and carries it away through your intestinal tract.
Vegetables: Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower boost cancer-fighting enzymes. Carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, which is believed to hinder the growth of a long list of cancers, including lung, throat, stomach, and prostate in men.
Go Natural: When possible, buy hormone-free organic meats, poultry, and dairy foods. Wash fresh produce thoroughly and when feasible, remove peels to get rid of pesticide residue.
Berries: Berries are high in antioxidants, which protect healthy cells from many cancers.
Garlic, Onions, Leeks, and Chives: Most people cannot cook without at least one of these alliums - which are very good for the body. They boost the body’s immunity to cancer and help destroy cancerous cells. Eating portions of alliums especially garlic has been proved to reduce the risk of stomach, colon, and prostate cancers.
Early breast cancer detection significantly increases treatment success rate, so it is vital for women to conduct self-exams, get regular mammograms and report anything unusual to the doctor for early detection and treatment. Personal / self examinations can be done in the comfort of your home either in your bedroom or the bathroom. Just stand with a hand over the head stretched towards the ear of the other side and in circular motions starting from the nipples feel round the breast for lumps, and or any other abnormalities in the breasts. It is possible that the lump is not cancerous but as they say, ‘prevention is better than cure’. No need to be shy touching one’s body, it is better to have a healthy touched and checked body than to have a cancerous untouched one. So please become more breast aware!