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Did you know there is a 1 in 8 chance of women developing breast cancer?

Estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2020 say that about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. It is important to stay up-to-date with your screening for breast cancer in order to find it at its earliest stage. While there are some non-modifiable risk factors for breast cancer such as family history, the good news is there are ways to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer!

Ways to reduce your risk include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Being physically active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week

  • Limiting alcohol intake (Even low levels of alcohol have been linked to an increased risk. It is recommended that if you do drink to keep your intake to 1 alcoholic drink per day.)

  • Eat 4-6 servings of fruits and vegetables daily

  • Aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day

  • Incorporate flaxseed into your diet (Try adding flaxseed meal to smoothies, cereal, and baked goods)

Now, let’s talk about some misconceptions when it comes to diet and breast cancer. It was once believed that soy foods would increase your risk of breast cancer. Consuming a moderate amount of soy foods (1-2 servings per day of whole-soy foods such as edamame, soy milk or tofu) does not increase risk of breast cancer. Food sources of soy do not contain enough levels of isoflavones to increase risk; however, soy or isoflavone supplements generally have higher levels of isoflavones.

There are some studies that suggest a link between soy and isoflavone supplements and increased risk of breast cancer in women who have a family history of breast cancer or thyroid problems. Meeting with a Registered Dietitian can help you make lifestyle changes that lead you to a healthier version of yourself. Call 609-904-5627 to schedule your appointment today!

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