How Diet in Your Youth Can Affect Your Breast Cancer Risk

How Diet in Your Youth Can Affect Your Breast Cancer RiskToday it is estimated that roughly one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. There are a considerable number of factors that can affect a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer. These include a wide array of thing including genetics, a family history of breast cancer, simple lifestyle choices and more. Though historically research hasn’t found a direct link between a person’s diet and breast cancer risk, breast cancer is less common in countries where the typical diet is plant-based and lower in fat.

A recent study takes the correlation a step further. Research conducted at the University of California Los Angeles suggests that young women who eat a less healthy, more inflammatory diet during puberty may indeed have a higher risk of developing breast cancer as they age. This is believed to be true for women who don’t necessarily become overweight or obese as well as the ones that do. They found women who ate the most unhealthy diets, heavy in sugar (including sodas and sweets) and red meat, were more than 30% more likely to develop breast cancer as they entered their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.

With this in mind, the breast cancer experts at Pink Ribbon Story Foundation have put together a list of low-fat diet recommendations to help women stay healthy and avoid a breast cancer diagnosis as they age:

  • Try non-fat dairy products (like skim milk) as opposed to overly fatty whole milk.
  • Substitute sugary snacks like chips or sweets out for healthier ones like fruit, veggies, almonds or low-sugar yogurt.
  • Choose your proteins wisely; try to avoid processed red meats in favor of leaner cuts of chicken or fish.
  • Don’t be afraid to substitute regular pork bacon out for leaner turkey bacon or pork sausage out for chicken sausage.
  • Eat less salad dressing when eating salad, or substitute your normal dressing out for a low-fat alternative.

When it comes to breast cancer, prevention is crucial. And by posting these tips, we hope that we are able to help as many women as possible potentially prevent themselves from developing breast cancer in the future. If you have additional questions about breast cancer or if you want to share your personal breast cancer story with the world, please contact Pink Ribbon Story Foundation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more tips and updates.

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