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Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk

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Are there vitamins or supplements that can reduce my risk of breast cancer?

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There is not enough evidence to support the use of a particular vitamin or supplement to reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, associations have been found between intake of certain foods and food-based nutrients - such as omega-3 fatty acids, extra virgin olive oil, vitamin C and others - and a reduced risk of breast cancer. Sign in to see the full answer >>

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Candace17221   October 7, 2018
Alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer because it increases estrogen. Soy may also be in that category. Yearly mammograms increase the chance of early detection. Don't miss getting them. Stage 1 is much more treatable than Stage 2 and above and 1/8 of all women get breast cancer.

Keely17223   October 8, 2018
Technically alcohol increases estrogen because the liver is what removes both alcohol and estrogen. The more you drink, the less effective your liver becomes at removing the estrogen from our bodies - which can cause an imbalance in levels, which can increase your risk of breast cancer. It's good to get your hormone levels checked regardless of if you drink or not as there are MANY things that can cause imbalances. Once you get them in check, your risk decreases tremendously (unless you have the BRCA gene). And yes, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS. #breastcancersurvivor

This CL Answer initially posted on 10/17/2017. Last updated 10/5/2018.

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