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  • Acupuncture: What Is It and How Can It Help?

    Posted on: Jun 17, 2015

    The stress of a breast cancer diagnosis and the side effects of treatment can make it hard to feel like yourself. Dealing with daily symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue...

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  • The Soy Question: Safe to Eat?

    Posted on: May 21, 2015

    Soybeans are the most widely used, least expensive, and least caloric way to get large amounts of protein with very little fat and no cholesterol. Soy is the main source of protein for billions of...

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Content Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Eating Unhealthy Food

Diet is thought to be at least partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. No food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer, but some foods can make your body the healthiest it can be and boost your immune system.

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Smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. Research also has shown that there may be link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

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Drinking Alcohol

Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

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