5 FOODS TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE CANCER

As scientists continue to explore the impact of different foods on the risk of breast cancer, people are generally advised to cut down on alcohol, added sugar, fat, and red meat.



1. Red meat
Although research is ongoing, some studies have found a link between red meat and a greater likelihood of breast cancer, especially if the meat is "well done." In addition, processed meats and cold cuts tend to be high in fat, salt, and preservatives and are not considered effective food for cancer prevention.

2. Fat
Not all fats are bad but trans fats found in processed and fried foods should be avoided.Studies suggest that not all fats are bad. While fat from processed foods is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, fat from fruits and vegetables is associated with a decrease in risk.

3. Fried fatty trans fat foods
Trans fats have now been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and should be avoided. Trans fats are most commonly found in processed food such as fried foods, some crackers, donuts, and packaged cookies or pastries.

4. Alcohol
Studies have identified a link between regular alcohol consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer. Breastcancer.org report that alcohol may increase estrogen levels and cause damage to DNA cells. They also note that women who drink three alcoholic beverages per week increase their risk of developing breast cancer by 15 percent. The risk goes up by around 10 percent with each additional drink per day.

5. Sugar
Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that when mice eat a diet as rich in sugar as the typical American diet, they are more likely to develop mammary gland tumors, similar to breast cancer in humans. In addition, these tumors are more likely to spread, or metastasize.

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