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Learn about the effects of diet, lifestyle, and surgical menopause on cancer risk and quality-of-life for people with HBOC.

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Does eating soy affect the risk of death in breast cancer survivors?
XRAYS review of research article showing soy may have protective survival benefits for ER/PR-negative cancers.

What “The Truth About Cancer” got wrong about BRCA mutations and cancer
A recent web series and related articles contain dangerous misinformation about BRCA mutations and cancer. Everyone is born with two copies of both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which play essential roles in preventing cancer. Individuals born with a change or mutation in one of these genes have a higher lifetime risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers than those without a mutation. Some claim that cancer in people with BRCA mutations can be controlled by “turning the gene on and off.” This is false and misleading. BRCA mutation carriers are at risk of cancer because they lack a working copy of one of the genes involved in preventing cancer development. Turning a mutated BRCA gene on or off has no effect because once a mutation develops, the gene no longer works.

Nutrition and Supplements
May 11 , 2011: free, on-demand webinar presented by Sally Scroggs, RD, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This session reviewed the latest information on nutritional supplements including the latest recommendations for Vitamin D and calcium.

How Do I Get Motivated? Changing your lifestyle and diet
January 11, 2011: free on-demand webinar. Bob Wright from Hilton Head Health discusses how small differences in eating and exercise habits can lead to big changes in health and well-being, how to plan out your weight loss strategy and incorporate it into a busy life.

Diet & Other Lifestyle Factors in Hereditary Cancers
Joining FORCEs Newsletter Fall 2006 article which recaps this presentation at our annual conference.

Do women who eat a high fiber diet have a lower risk of breast cancer?
Some researchers believe that dietary fiber may decrease breast cancer risk by lowering estrogen levels in the blood. However, many previous studies have failed to find a link between fiber consumption and lower breast cancer risk. The current study suggests that consuming high dietary fiber during adolescence and young adulthood may lower breast cancer risk, but more work needs to be done to confirm this finding. In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to eat a variety of high fiber foods for the many well-documented health benefits. (March 8, 2016)

Books

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think
By Brian Wansink, PhD
Explains the factors that prompt us to eat when we’re not hungry and how to control eating habits.

Other Websites

The New American Plate
Brochure by the American Institute of Cancer Research which emphasizes the kinds of foods that can significantly reduce our risk for disease. It also shows how to enjoy all foods in sensible portions.

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered