Eat healthy for your breasts
Protecting yourself against breast cancer means understanding your inherited risk, your need for screening, and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Have a frank conversation with your doctor about your risk factors and when you should start getting mammograms. But eating healthy is up to you—and these are some of the foods you’ll want to add to your plate on a regular basis.
Olive oil is a famously healthy fat, and research suggests it may have cancer-preventing potential. Researchers in Spain conducted a five-year study of 4,300 women to track how characteristics of a Mediterranean diet impacted breast cancer risk. One group of women consumed a Mediterranean diet with extra servings of extra virgin olive oil or nuts, and a third control group ate a diet with just a reduced fat intake. The group that ate a Mediterranean diet had fewer cancer diagnoses than the women who only cut back on fat. Those who ate extra olive oil seemed to have an added benefit, according to the 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. These are breast cancer symptoms you might not know about.