Cancer: What's food got to do with it?
Published: January 14, 2021
"Hot dogs CAUSE butt cancer" screams the bulletin board while internet sites provide you with a list of "super foods" which will PREVENT cancer.
- Beverages: pop, coffee, and alcohol may affect your risk of cancer
- Life stage, genes, and other diseases appear to influence your risk of cancer
- Body weight may have a significant impact on your cancer risk
- Physical activity appears to promote decreased cancer risk
- Tobacco smoking increases your risk for certain cancers
- Dairy products: Prostate cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer.
- Eggs: Prostate cancer
- Vegetables: Prostate cancer, breast cancer
- Fruits: Skin cancer, breast cancer
- Fish: Prostate cancer
- Red meat: Colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer
- Saturated fat: Breast cancer
- Soy: Studies are not conclusive
- Coffee:Prostate cancer, liver cancer, uterine/endometrial cancer
- Pop: Endometrial cancer
- Alcohol: Breast cancer, liver cancer
- Calcium: Prostate cancer, colon cancer
- Vitamin D: Breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer
- Folic acid: Colon cancer, breast cancer
- Vitamin E: Prostate cancer
- Beta-carotene: Lung cancer
- Vitamin B6: People with higher levels of vitamin B6 appear to have a lower risk of cancer.
Body weight and risk of cancer
- Overweight is identified by a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, and obese by a BMI of more than 30
- Being underweight may also increase your risk of several cancers.
- 150 minutes per week of moderate (walking) or vigorous (jogging/running) is associated with a reduced risk of several cancers.
- As little as 75 minutes per week may reduce your risk of some cancers.
- Breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer
To learn more about how you can decrease your risk of cancer link to the full article.