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Study: Healthy diet can reduce risk of breast cancer

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It kills more than 40,000 women every year, but now you may be able to stop breast cancer dead in its tracks by changing your diet.

“I feel healthier now than I did pre-cancer,” said Tammy Kelly, breast cancer survivor.

She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2016. Now her cancer is in remission.

In order to get there, she said she had to make some serious changes.

“I’ve changed everything. I’m limited on animal products and low-fat dairy. Those kind of things are very important,” Kelly said.

New studies from the American Institute for Cancer Research revealed there are links between everyday lifestyle and risk of cancer.

Beverages like sugary drinks and alcohol are tied to a higher risk for several cancers, while whole grains and healthy foods play a role in lowering that risk.

“I talk to my patients about enhancing their meal by adding an extra vegetable or by trying to have fruit at breakfast,” said Ann Hoffman, clinical dietician for Covenant Healthcare.

She said many patients try to add fruits and vegetables to their diet, but may forget to add whole grains and fiber.

“Whole grains and beans and nuts as well. So focusing specifically on those foods, but really with an emphasis on what’s believed to be some cancer fighting foods that would come from a plant,” Hoffman said.

Eating healthy organic foods doesn’t mean you have to break your budget either.

“I just watch prices and I read a lot of labels. And I don’t necessarily buy organic, but I look for whole foods,” Kelly said.

Kelly insists it hasn’t just been about changing her diet. She said more exercise has also played a key role in keeping the cancer at bay.

“Post cancer I’ve changed everything. I now exercise, power walk maybe 15 miles a week. I mean, you think you’re a rockstar before a diagnosis like this, but now I know I am,” she said.

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