October is many things to many people. Pumpkins and candy and crisp leaves and colors. For many of us it is also a time to be aware of our risks for, or of those who have fought, breast cancer.
Many studies have been done to ferret out causes and risk factors for different types of cancers. Though there is not yet a cure, scientists are closer than ever to pin-pointing certain lifestyle changes that may halt or even rid our culture of these diseases.
Diet is currently thought to be at least 30-40% responsible for all cancers. Other risk factors come into play depending on the type of cancer. Breast cancer is being studied extensively for links to food and lifestyle. Although currently there is no food or diet that can 100% prevent you from getting breast cancer, it has been found that some foods make your body better able to keep your risk as low as possible.
Breast cancer is less common in countries where the diet is predominantly plant-based and low in total fat. In a study done by Dr. T. Collin Cambell, also referenced in his book, The China Study, he found that in societies where the diet was more than 10% comprised of animal protein that it actually activated the body’s gene for cancer.
More meat, eggs and dairy equaled cancer on. Less meat, eggs and dairy equaled cancer off.
What does this mean for you?
Fill up your plate with the highest nutrient-dense foods possible. Meats, eggs and dairy just won’t fit on the plate when it’s full of the most nutrient dense foods on earth. It’s just that simple. This is obviously a small piece of such a large puzzle; if you can control and take responsibility for a 30-40% chance, what’s stopping you? Eat for nutrition and health and you will unlock your potential to live a 100 year life.