A new study of 80,000 breast cancer patients conducted by Oxford University confirms what mountains of prior research have found: Obesity is not only a risk factor in developing breast cancer, it also affects the outcome of the disease.
The study found that obese pre-menopausal women whose disease was susceptible to higher estrogen levels had a 34 percent higher risk of dying from breast cancer than did non-obese patients. Dr. Clifford Hudis, the president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, observed, “No matter how we look at it, obesity is slated to replace tobacco as the leading modifiable risk for cancer.”
As a woman who is considered high-risk for the disease, I want to do everything I can to better my odds. That’s one of the reasons I switched to a plant-based diet.
Meat and dairy products are loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol, excess protein, and hormones that contribute to weight gain and increase breast cancer risk. But going vegan maximizes intake of foods that help us fight cancer—fiber-rich grains and beans and phytochemical-packed fruits and vegetables.
Going vegan is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my health, and I hope other women will join me. For hundreds of free recipes, visit www.PETA.org.
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