The Links Between Diet And Cancer Essay

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The Link Between Diet and Cancer

Every year, 1.2 million people are diagnosed with cancer and more than 500,000 people die from the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 30% of these deaths can be attributed to diet. This means that the average person can greatly lower his risk of getting cancer simply by changing his diet. There is, of course, no guarantee against cancer, but the lifestyle choices that we make now can have a huge impact on our lives in the future. (

What diet factors increase my risk of cancer?

The majority of the studies done on the link between diet and cancer indicate that there is a relationship between high fat intake and an increased risk
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Smoking added to excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of these cancers even more. A maximum of four drinks a day for men and two drinks for women is recommended. Surprisingly enough, frequent consumption of smoked cured and nitrate preserved meats has also been shown to cause cancer. The codes of 249, 250, 251, and 252 on labels of corned beef, bacon, and smoked sausage indicate that the meat has been cured or preserved. These products increase the risk of stomach cancer and should be eaten in moderation. (

What are the dietary guidelines for reducing my risk of cancer?

1. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. A plant-based diet is high in fiber, minerals and vitamins. The American Cancer Society is quick to point out that you should not need to take extra vitamins if you are eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Citrus fruits, berries, and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. Beta-carotene is found in vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables may have cancer preventative properties. Since fruits and vegetables are inherently low in fat, eating them often will also help keep your fat intake down.

2. Eat high fiber foods.

Eating foods high in fiber will help keep your colon clean and cut your risk of developing colon
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