Foods and Breast Cancer


October is breast cancer awareness month. As a dietitian I am frequently asked what measures can be taken to decrease the risk of cancer. The truth is no special food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer, or cure your cancer if you have been diagnosed. However, some foods can help reduce risk. As with most disease there are risk factors that are controllable and others that are not. The non-controllable risk factors associated with breast cancer are: family history, genetics, gender as women are nearly 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer then men, risk increases … [Read more...]

October Letter from the Editor

Woman Jogging Outside

Join us this month in honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Depression Screening Day on October 11, 2012.  Did you know that 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer are estimated for 2012?  125.7 per 100,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. ( Early detection is critical with any health condition.  Experts recommend monthly breast self exams to check for any abnormalities, including lumps or change in breast tissue or skin.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. proposes that in addition to regular … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Awareness and Exercise Benefits

With this month being Breast Cancer Awareness month, most of us, unfortunately, have been touched by breast cancer in some way. We may know a friend, sister, or mother who has been stricken with breast cancer. The more awareness and fundraising we create the more research can be done in finding cures. According to most doctors, the best preventative medicine is early detection. This is true in my mom’s case.   My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2000, and in June she went in for a mastectomy. Following the surgery was a long and tough road ahead, as she continued … [Read more...]

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer ribbon

Thank you for joining us this month in honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women and the second leading cause of female deaths due to cancer (after lung cancer)   According to, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in 2010 in the U.S.  Many are surprised to learn that breast cancer can also affect men, although the chances are reduced with one out of 100 cases being male. Although breast cancer cannot be completely avoided, … [Read more...]