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Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

Yes, partly: You can't completely prevent breast cancer with diet alone. However, a diet low in animal fat, low in alcohol (less than 4 drinks per week), and low in total calories will decrease your risk of breast cancer. Fat cells make estrogen, so if you are overweight, decreasing your weight and exercising regularly has been proven to decrease your risk! ...Read more

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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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Can a healthy diet help prevent fibrocystic breast disease?

Can a healthy diet help prevent fibrocystic breast disease?

Normal breast tissue: All breasts are fibrocystic. When the breasts get sore and lumpy during your period, this is fibrocystic change. These changes can also occur due to increases in caffeine intake, stress and hormone use. So in essence, you can't get rid of fibrocystic breasts but you can improve the symptoms related to them (see some of my other posts on breast tenderness/fibrocystic breast disease). ...Read more

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Can there be a special diet to help reduce prostate cancer?

Can there be a special diet to help reduce prostate cancer?

No definite...but...: Whatever may improve general health will help better prostate cancer control as detailed and suggested in https://zerocancer.org/diet-and-nutrition. Notably, those rich in fiber, low carbohydrate, high greens, fruits, etc. and low in animal fats. ... ...Read more

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Can diet help prevent cancer?

Can diet help prevent cancer?

Yes: Dietary changes (increased fruits & vegetables, increased lean meats, less red meats, less fat, reduced alcohol use) can help reduce the incidence of cancers. Colon cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer are some examples where the rates of new and recurrent cancers are affected by diet changes. ...Read more

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Can vitiamn b17 prevent and cure cancer? I heard that eating certain fruit seeds will prevent cancer? Is this used for cancer patients?

Can vitiamn b17 prevent and cure cancer?  I heard that eating certain fruit seeds will prevent cancer? Is this used for cancer patients?

No such viitamin: There is no medically recognized vitamin b17. An extract from aprocot pits, laetrile, has been touted as b17 and promoted as cure for cancer with no scientific basis. So called vitamin b17 can cause cyanide poisoning! ...Read more

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Can a good diet really help prevent acne?

No: I was surprised too, but the controlled studies all seem to agree over the past decades. All acne's treatable nowadays by scientific methods. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent prostate cancer? Any eating habits? Does alcohol play a role?

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How can I help prevent prostate cancer? Any eating habits? Does alcohol play a role?

Healthy lifestyle: Nothing specific. But in general what you can do is to avoid cigarette/tobacco, avoid alcohol. Have an active and healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, have a well balanced diet, increase your fibre, vegetable and fruits intake and decrease intake of processed red meat, carbohydrates. Pomegranate may be beneficial specifically in prostate cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Fiber and Life: Fiber has been shown to prevent colon cancer. It has not been shown to improve cancer survival. You would need to eat about 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day to obtain the preventive qualities of the fiber, and you need to do this long-term. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods help women to prevent lung, breast and cervical cancers?

Please suggest what foods help women to prevent lung, breast and cervical cancers?

Unfortunately none: There are no specific dietary changes that prevent these cancers. However, eating a balanced, lower calorie diet with lots of fresh foods can improve overall health and may minimize the risk of getting some types of cancer. ...Read more

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What is a tolerable diet to help prevent or worsen the pain associated with pancreatic cancer, while providing optimal nutrition?

What is a tolerable diet to help prevent or worsen the pain associated with pancreatic cancer, while providing optimal nutrition?

2 issues: I think there are 2 issues you bring up. Humanly people with pancreatic cancer are digestive enzyme deficient, and thus don't absorb nutrients well. Replacement enzymes are available in pill form-pancrealipase might help. The trade name is creon. Pain is a separate issue that needs to be controlled with analgesics. Medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and hydromorphone ... ...Read more

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Besides good diet and exercising, is there a good driug that can help us to lose weight ?

Besides good diet and exercising, is there a good driug that can help us to lose weight ?

Yes but : There are a few medications that will help with weight loss such as phentermine, diethylproprion, orlistat, and topiramate as well as some diabetic meds. However there are some serious side effects associated with each and qualification criteria. I use them if diet and exercise fail in people 50+ lbs overweight. ...Read more

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How effective could a diet rich in antioxidants really be in reducing risk of cancer / tumor growth?

How effective could a diet rich in antioxidants really be in reducing risk of cancer / tumor growth?

No definite answer: A diet rich in antioxidants is generally a plant based diet and is good for one's health. Whether such a diet will prevent or control tumors has not been established. ...Read more

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Can getting a colon cleanse help you lose weight and is it healthy?

Can getting a colon cleanse help you lose weight and is it healthy?

Lose=yes healthy=no: Your colon may hold a few pounds of waste (stool) normally, although severely constipated people may hold more. Evacuating the colon will thus drop some pounds, but they come back as soon as you eat and make more waste, so very temporary. "colon cleansing" is frowned upon, unnecessary and likely often harmful to your body so don't do it! ...Read more

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Can you eat food to prevent cancer? What types of foods can I eat to prevent breast cancer?

Can you eat food to prevent cancer? What types of foods can I eat to prevent breast cancer?

Unclear: There is not clear evidence that certain foods prevent cancer (despite several claims) however not eating certain foods will decrease your cancer rate! obesity is linked with increased cancer rates. ...Read more

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Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more

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Can lifestyle affect genetic predisposition to get cancer? For example can healthy lifestyle decrease chance of cancer in jewish women

Can lifestyle affect genetic predisposition to get cancer? For example can healthy lifestyle decrease chance of cancer in jewish women

Yes: A healthy lifestyle (no tobacco, eating well, exercising) will reduce the risk of getting cancer in any person, jewish or not. Certain jewish and other ethnic groups have a higher risk than others (e.g. Ashkenazi jews and brca mutations) so gather as much family info as you can and discuss this with your doc. Live healthy please. Best regards. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more