Cancer Awareness & Prevention

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Foods to reduce cancer risk

Cancer affects millions of people across the globe each year. While those diagnosed with cancer face the biggest challenges, cancer patients' friends and families also must deal with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis and the heartbreak that often accompanies seeing a loved one undergo cancer treatments. Strong support systems can help cancer patients during their treatments, but men and women need not wait until a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer to begin fighting the disease. Taking steps to prevent cancer may be easier when tackled together as a family or a group of friends. According the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world's leading centers devoted to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, many foods can help men, women and children reduce their cancer risk. When shopping for household groceries, families and groups of friends living together can aim to make the following cancer-fighting foods part of their daily diets.


Produce

• Broccoli

• Cauliflower

• Brussel sprouts

• Oranges

• Organic spinach

• Organic kale or collard greens

• Peas (fresh or frozen)

• Red or purple grapes (preferably organic, if imported)

• Tomatoes (no salt added if buying canned tomatoes)

Protein

• Lean chicken or turkey

• Lean fish, including salmon, halibut, redfish or red snapper

• Low-sodium black, red or pinto beans

• Low-sodium garbanzo beans

• Tofu

Dairy

• Eggs or egg substitutes

• Low-fat cheese

• Skim, or fat-free, milk

Grains

• Lentils

• Regular or instant wild rice or brown rice

• Whole grain pasta

Bread

• Whole grain bread, tortillas or buns

Condiments

• Canola oil

• Low-fat or fat-free salad dressing

• Olive oil

Spices

• Turmeric