Cancer is a major concern worldwide. In 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone, according to the American Cancer Society (2014). However, as the scientific community continues to learn more about cancer and new ways to slow its progress, emerging research indicates we may be able to reduce our risk of cancer by consuming a healthy diet (Donaldson, 2004).
Most of the cancer-fighting foods studied to date contain certain compounds known as phytonutrients, which are specific chemicals naturally occurring in plants. It has become clear that a diet rich in these particular nutrients is perhaps the easiest way to help protect ourselves against this deadly disease.
Diet is certainly one way to reduce our risk of cancer. However, it’s best to keep in mind that to decrease our chances of many diseases, we need to work toward incorporating an overall healthier lifestyle that includes regular exercise, eliminating tobacco products, maintaining an optimal weight, limiting alcohol intake and allowing time for plenty of rest and relaxation.