Guide To Eating For Cancer (Breast and Prostate) Prevention And Support

Photo credit: Christiana Rivers

Photo credit: Christiana Rivers

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

Environmental factors such as endocrine disrupting chemicals have been linked to cancer. Examples of these chemicals include (1):

Lifestyle Factors

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).

Dietary Factors

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

  • Excess salt

  • Trans fats/hydrogenated fats

  • Processed junk foods and snacks, and beverages

  • Artificial colors and flavors

  • Alcohol

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

  • Healthy fats

    • Ghee

    • Avocado and olives and their oils (cold pressed, extra virgin)

    • Coconut, coconut oil (cold pressed, virgin)

  • Nuts, seeds and butters

    • Coconut

    • 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

    • Turmeric

    • Variety of others

  • Beverages

    • Filtered water

    • Green tea and herbal teas, unsweetened

    • Nut milks

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):

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  1. Jurgelewicz M. Nutritional Support for Cancer, PowerPoint Lecture. University of Bridgeport. 2016.

  2. Kohlstadt I. Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients. 2nd Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2012.