DIET AND THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF BREAST CANCER
Abstract: In summary, the association between low-fat, plant based diets and a decreased risk for breast cander has been shown in ecological studies and supported by case-control studies. Most cohort studies have examined high-fat diets only and have not shown a relationsship between diet and breast cancer. Elevations in serum levels of biologically active estrogen are associated with increased risk for breast cancer. Animal products contain high levels of fat and organochlorine residues, both of which increase serum levels of estrogen. Plant foods are low in fat which increase serum levesl of estrogen. Plant foods are low in fat and high in the protective elements: fiber, indoles, flavonols, vitamis C and E, beta carotene, and selenium. Even small amounts of alcohol increase the risk for breast cancer. A vegetarian diet with no added vegetable oil maximizes the amounts of protective nutrients while minimizing the amounts of carciogenic nutrients, and therefore may be the most effective diet both for preventing breast cander and for improving the prognosis of those who have this disease.