1. Lose weight. Carrying extra weight is linked to breast cancer risk. There is no doubt about it. It can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by up to 40%. Start exercising, it can reduce your risk.
  2. Stop smoking. A study showed that smokers had a 16% higher risk of breast cancer than non smokers.
  3. Drink less alcohol. If you are worried about getting breast cancer doctors recommend you drink only 3 servings a week.
  4. Avoid toxins like parabens found in many products. Why? Parabens have been found in 95% of breast cancer tumors. Our bathroom cabinet is a great place to start. On average a person is exposed to over 126 chemicals a day simply by using their personal care items. Check labels for parabens or anything ending in it and replace them with something paraben free.
  5. Reduce your intake of sugar. The sugar itself does not “feed” cancer cells. However, a lot of sugar can cause our bodies to produce too much insulin. While some insulin in the body is normal, excess insulin may encourage cancer cells to grow more, which is not a good thing


  1. Kathy Lee says:

    Thanks, Kirsi, these are good tips. High-fiber diets are also recommended.

    After I went through my treatments for breast cancer a few years ago, I attended a series of “Food For Life” seminars at the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Palo Alto (, where the speaker discussed the relationship between foods and cancer. As a nurse and nutritionist at UC San Francisco, she advocated a high-fiber diet Here’s an excerpt from the Cancer Project website (

    “Fiber may also help protect against breast cancer, an effect noted especially with consumption of whole grains and wheat bran. The fact that high-fiber diets are often lower in fat may partially explain this benefit of eating fiber-rich grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, since dietary fat is believed to increase the risk of breast cancer.

    “Additionally, studies suggest that high amounts of fiber may also prevent breast cancer by binding to estrogen. High amounts of estrogen can be potentially cancer causing. Your liver filters these estrogens out of the blood by passing them into the digestive tract where fiber escorts them away. As such, increased fiber in the diet expedites the removal of potentially harmful excess estrogens.”

    • Kirsi Paalanen says:

      Thanks for the great tip Kathy! I agree, fiber is important and something women should incorporate more into their diets. Cancer is a complex disease with many reasons as to why it may manifest. If you are interested watch my interview with a Breast Cancer survivor and hear her story. I would love to hear what you think about it and if it relates to your own in anyway.

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