Although there are some genetic risk factors that can increase the likelihood of some individuals developing certain types of cancer, that doesn’t mean there are no options available for prevention.
According to new research, there are specific ways that people can reduce their risk of developing cancer – namely when it comes to diet and lifestyle changes. Following are five new diet guidelines that can help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
1. Reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Evidence from Western and Asian countries supports the fact that consuming unfermented soy products can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. In one study that compared Chinese women who are 11.3 grams of unfermented organic soy each day, researchers found a 43 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer, as compared to women who consumed only 1.7 grams of the same soy.
2. Reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer.
To reduce your risk of being diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, you should reduce your consumption of red meat and processed meats. Both of these contain high levels of essential amino acids, heme iron, heterocyclic amines, and nitrates – all of which are thought to increase the rate of growth among cancerous cells. Just one serving of red or processed meat can increase your risk of colon or rectal cancer by 20 percent!
3. Reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Diary milk can increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. In fact, just two glasses of dairy milk per day can raise your chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by 60 percent! In fact, even taking a calcium supplement had the same effect as drinking dairy milk. In one study, men who took a 400mg calcium supplement each day showed a 51 percent increase in developing prostate cancer.
4. Reduce cancer risk by cutting back on alcohol.
Alcohol in any form seems to increase your likelihood of developing a variety of different forms of cancer, including esophageal, larynx, mouth, rectum, breast, and colon. One alcoholic drink a week can increase your risk of these cancers by as much as 24 percent.
5. Reduce cancer risk by cutting back on fried, grilled, and boiled meats.
Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are formed when meat is cooked at high temperatures for long periods of time (like when you fry, grill, or boil meat). Unfortunately for us, HCAs are known to increase your risk for developing both colon and rectal cancers.