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Bismarck Cancer Center
Nutrition and Cancer

      With Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center  

Q: Does eating healthier decrease my risk of getting cancer?

A: You can reduce your chances of developing cancer and several chronic diseases by making healthy food choices. A diet rich in plant foods and whole grains can give your body the range of vitamins, minerals it needs to stay healthy. Plus, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. You can take the following steps to maintain a healthy diet:

  • Eat a plant-based diet. Fill 2/3 of your plate with vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Fill the remaining with lean animal protein like fish or chicken.
  • Choose whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains are high in fiber and can help you stay lean.
  • Avoid processed meat. Hotdogs, sausage, lunch meats and other processed meats can damage your DNA, raising your colon cancer risks.
  • Avoid alcohol. Research shows that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing oral, breast and liver cancers.

Eliminating specific foods won’t eliminate your risk, but following some basic guidelines can help you reduce your risk for cancer and several other chronic diseases.

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