I often have clients come in asking what they should eat to prevent cancer. What's important to prevent nearly any disease is a healthy diet. That translates to lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy. I'm not a proponent of eliminating any food group from your meals.
The American Institute for Cancer Research offers a few insights into common myths surrounding cancer.
Here are a few of the most popular:
Myth: Cancer is caused by inherited genes, so there's nothing you can do about it.
Actually, 40% of cancer cases are preventable by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, being more active and not smoking. Only 5-10% of cancers are caused by genetic syndromes, according to the institute.
Myth: Soy can increase your risk for cancer.
Research shows that soy foods in moderation are safe for those diagnosed with cancer and those without cancer. Soy foods contain fiber, nutrients and phytochemicals that can help prevent cancer.
Myth: There is not enough evidence to link stress and cancer risk.
Actually, this one isn't a myth; the link between stress and cancer remains unproven.
Myth: Artificial sweeteners are linked to increased cancer risk.