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My family has a history of breast cancer

Question:

My family has a history of breast cancer and I am especially mindful of this disease. Are there certain foods or vitamins that should be a priority for me to help increase my chances of warding it off?

Answer:

Yes, there are many things you can do to help ward off breast cancer despite having a family history. The first thing I would do would be to eat a very clean diet avoiding saturated fats and processed packaged foods. I would include fish oil in your diet and one test that could be particularly helpful would be an estrogen metabolism test. This will tell you how your body is breaking down estrogen. There is a healthy pathway to break down estrogen and an unhealthy pathway to break down estrogen and we want to ensure we are breaking our estrogen down in a healthy manner. Things that can shift you towards a healthy estrogen metabolism include things such as protein, flax, soy, (although if you have had breast cancer yourself I would avoid soy), fish oil, these things can be very helpful to shift towards a healthy estrogen metabolism. In addition, a supplement that I think almost every woman should take is Indole-3-carbinol/DIM (I3C/DIM). This has been found to again help shift towards a healthy estrogen metabolism and I recommend a dosage of 300 mg if you have a family history of breast cancer. This ingredient is derived from the cruciferous vegetables and these also can be part of a healthy diet.

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