I’ve always had a pretty healthy lifestyle, but when I discovered a strong history of breast cancer in my immediate and extended family — two of my sisters, an aunt, and a grandmother have had the disease — I doubled down to reduce my risk. And what does that look like? Well, I rarely drink alcohol, I exercise 5-6 days per week, I’m striving to lose those extra pesky pounds that have stuck around for the past few years (thanks, perimenopause!), and I eat a varied diet brimming with healthy, plant-based foods.
I take comfort in knowing that all of these factors have been shown to reduce my risk,1-6 but still, I’ve wondered, since maintaining a healthy weight with a healthy diet and plenty of physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of several different types of cancer, are there any specific foods I should be eating that may help reduce my risk of breast cancer? Turns out there may be.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a look at 10 foods that may hold promise for potentially helping to prevent breast cancer. Just remember: While no single food can prevent breast cancer, eating a healthy, varied diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight may help reduce the risk of developing it.7