Did you know that diet and physical activity could prevent 1/3 of cancer deaths?
Q: What are antioxidants and do they reduce cancer risk?
A: Antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and many other phytochemicals. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain a wide variety of antioxidants, which protect cells from oxidative stress and may lower the risk of chronic diseases, like cancer.
Q: What are phytochemicals and do they reduce cancer risk?
A: The term phytochemicals means “plant chemicals.” They are plant compounds that are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and have been linked to reducing the risk of major chronic diseases, including cancer.
Q: Does Vitamin D reduce cancer risk?
A: YES! Serum 25(OH)D levels between 40-60 ng/ml have been shown to prevent many cancers, including: breast, ovarian, colon, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
American Cancer Society Recommendations for Cancer Prevention:
• Achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout life
• Adopt a physically active lifestyle
*adults should engage in 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week
*children and adolescents should engage in 1 hour of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day
• Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant based foods
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
The following decreases your risk of breast cancer
• Moderate to vigorous physical activity
• Consumption of fruits, vegetables, poultry, and low-fat dairy products
Antioxidants & Phytochemicals
Antioxidants and phytochemicals are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They protect the cells from stress and damage, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer.
Vitamin D is obtained through sunlight, foods (eggs, mushrooms, and fortified products, like dairy products and cereal), and supplements. Serum 25(OH)D levels between 40-60 ng/ml have been shown to prevent many cancers, including: breast, ovarian, colon, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.