Disclaimer: The information presented here does not and will not tell you to treat cancer or how to treat cancer. We have not treated cancer. Make sure you receive medical care and are under the supervision of a qualified physician.
Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells, and there are over 100 types of cancer, including breast and prostate.
There are environmental, lifestyle and dietary factors that can contribute to, as well as lower your risk for cancer, and help protect against recurrence.
Each unique case has an intricate network of factors to address, so be sure to explore what will work for you with your health and medical care team.
Environmental factors such as endocrine disrupting chemicals have been linked to cancer. Examples of these chemicals include (1):
Lack of exercise may increase risk for breast cancer, whereas moderate to intense exercise 4-7 hours per week may lower risk. Physical activity is associated with a reduced likelihood of developing cancer. Exercise may also influence cancer recurrence.
Stress may be a factor, and emotional stress may even contribute to the development of cancer, and reduce the effectiveness of cancer treatment (1).
Cancer cells need glucose to survive and proliferate, and much more of it compared to normal cells. Avoid excess glucose intake, as well as (1):
Commercially farmed meats and red meats
Charred and browned meats
Dairy products including processed and imitation butter, ice cream, all dyed and pasteurized milk and cheese
Simple carbohydrates and grains including white, refined flour, processed grains and seeds, white rice, refined cereals and refined flour pasta
Smoked and processed meats
Processed, GMO soy and soy products
Canned or bottled foods
Trans fats/hydrogenated fats
Processed junk foods and snacks, and beverages
Artificial colors and flavors
What should be included? A healthful, anti-inflammatory diet (1, 2):
Clean, lean protein sources
Wild caught salmon, mackerel, cod, sardines
Organic, pastured chicken and eggs, and organic turkey
Grass-fed beef, wild game
Grass-fed protein powders
Beans and lentils
Vegan protein powder
Organic rice, pea, hemp
Avocado and olives and their oils (cold pressed, extra virgin)
Coconut, coconut oil (cold pressed, virgin)
Nuts, seeds and butters
Flax, chia, and hemp seeds
Raw pumpkin, and sunflower seeds
Raw almonds, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts and walnuts
Rainbow assortment of organic, low glycemic vegetables and fruits
Herbs and spices
Variety of others
Green tea and herbal teas, unsweetened
Ketogenic diets may be helpful, talk to a qualified professional to see if it is right for you.
There are a variety of nutrients found in foods that may be supportive in breast and prostate cancer, including (2):
Jurgelewicz M. Nutritional Support for Cancer, PowerPoint Lecture. University of Bridgeport. 2016.
Kohlstadt I. Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients. 2nd Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2012.