In October, millions of Americans don pink ribbons, professional athletes sport pink socks during games, and here in New York City, even the Empire State Building will glow pink. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each year, the nation comes together to raise money and awareness through donations, fundraisers, community events, and online sharing. However, cancer awareness and prevention does not begin and end with big events for a mere month—it starts with you every single day. Here are three simple and actionable steps you can take right now to aide in cancer prevention. And don’t forget to share—awareness is key.
Eat plenty of fiber. Without going too far into the technicalities (you’ll have to read Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods for that), it’s important to remember that the risk of cancer rises if hormones like testosterone and estrogen are continually reabsorbed and recirculated into the body. The advantage of a high-fiber diet is that fiber bonds with these hormones helping to discharge them from the body.
Cut the fat. Absolutely, cutting fat from your diet is beneficial on many levels, but fat also heightens the risk of cancer. High-fat diets also mean high-estradiol intake (one of the most powerful natural forms of estrogen). Because of the average consumption of fats, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Shake up your protein sources. The word “protein” usually conjures associations with meats, dairy food, and powders. Sure, protein is essential for muscle growth and overall wellness, but with animal protein also comes unwanted growth hormones and lots of fat, which we already know to cut down on. Instead, make sure you’re eating lots of beans, bean products, whole grains, and vegetables—enough of these and you’ll still be getting your recommended amount of protein.
These dietary tips were taken from Verne Verona’s NATURE’S CANCER-FIGHTING FOODS, an extensive and approachable guide to cancer prevention. Check it out for in-depth explanations and even more tips.
Also be sure to check out the many resources on breast cancer like the National Breast Cancer Foundation or these books on cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment:
A Cancer Battle Plan by David J. Fraham
A Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook by David J. Frahm
Cancer Has Its Privileges by Christine Clifford
The Cancer Recovery Healthy Exchanges Cookbook by JoAnna M. Lund
Wellness Community Guide to Fighting for Recovery from Cancer by Harold H. Benjamin
You Can Conquer Cancer by Ian Gawler
These tips were taken from NATURE’S CANCER-FIGHTING FOODS, available at these retailers: