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Is There a Recommended Diet Following Treatment for Breast Cancer?

Posted on the 02 April 2011 by Jean Campbell

Is There a Diet for Women Who’ve Had Breast Cancer?

Our post today is from Julie Pippert who speaks to advertising that promotes certain foods and beverages as reducing or preventing the incidence of cancers including breast cancer.

Julie Pippert is the co-founder and lead blogger/editor for Choose You blog, which is part of Choose You, a movement created by the American Cancer Society, that encourages women to put their own health first in the fight against cancer. The movement challenges women to make healthier choices, and supports them in their commitment to eat right, get active, quit smoking and get regular health checks.

picture of American Cancer Society logo and a flower that says choose you
The Choose You Movement shines a light on a hidden issue: that while one in three American women will get cancer in her lifetime, about 50% of cancer deaths could be prevented if more emphasis were placed on early detection and healthier lifestyles including maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise and avoiding tobacco.

Julie’ Pippert’s post of March 3, 2011 addresses the question that most women have after completing breast cancer treatment. Most want to know, “What diet should I follow to prevent the cancer from coming back”?

Julie’s post could be the response that women need to hear. She says, “Have you heard about diets that claim to prevent cancer? Tried drinking three cups of green tea a day to reduce your risk of breast cancer? How viable are these claims? If you eat the right diet, can you, in fact, prevent or reduce your chance of cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with good health, but can it help lower your breast cancer risk? Researchers can’t say for sure. No study has been able to definitely link the two.

As for claims that eating a certain vegetable or fruit will lower your risk, there’s no hard evidence. Nutrients in certain vegetables and fruits, known as antioxidants, appear to protect the body against tissue damage and may lower cancer risk, but again, the research is far from definitive.”

Julie reiterates what the American Cancer Society shares as behaviors that may lower breast cancer risks:

  • Eat a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Lower fat intake
  • Avoid or limit intake of alcoholic beverages
  • Manage weight by limiting calories
  • Get active. Exercise vigorously at least 5 times a week for 50-60 minutes

What Julie shared in her post about diet is well worth the read. She blogs at

A caveat…many of us led healthy life styles prior to our breast cancer and did not test positive for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene. It is important to remember that there are unknown causes for developing breast cancer that are beyond our control.
So, eat right, exercise, be faithful about keeping your medical checkups, and be good to yourself each day. Live healthy and know, if breast cancer comes again, you didn’t cause it to return.

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