Cancer

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, half the men and one third of all women in the United States will develop some type of cancer in their lifetime. Genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors may all contribute to the onset of the disease.

Some risk factors are controllable. The relationship between nutrition and cancer is not as clear as it is in the case of heart disease, but poor dietary factors are thought to be responsible for about one third of all cancer deaths.

Diet Is The One Factor You Can Control

  • Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamin A, C, and selenium which are antioxidants that protect the body from carcinogenic effects.
  • Fruits and vegetables that contain fiber as well as phytochemicals such as lutein and lycopene play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Low fat diets reduce the risk of certain cancers, especially diets low in animal fat or saturated fats.
  • Obesity is related to higher incidents of some cancers.
  • Exercise decreases cancer risk.

Anti-Cancer Foods High In Antioxidants

  • Blueberries
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Plums
  • Citrus
  • Peaches
  • Apricots, mango, papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Yellow squash
  • Veggie burgers
  • Nuts
  • Nut butter
  • Whole grain bread and cereals
  • Soy milk
  • Tofu

We Can Help
Medical Nutrition Network is available to provide individualized counseling for those who wish to reduce their risk factors for cancer and those who are currently in treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation, and other medications may affect your weight, your ability to eat, your immunity and overall nutritional status. Individualized meal plans, menus, possible supplements, and other nutritional support methods can make your treatment easier and more successful.

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