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How Does a Diet Change Aid Cancer Prevention


Many people associate cancer with being a hereditary disease that’s unpreventable. However, by making smart lifestyle choices, you can reduce your chance for developing cancer and multiple chronic conditions. Taking care of your skin, quitting smoking, eliminating alcohol consumption and exercising daily are a few ways you can aid cancer prevention, but diet makes an even larger impact on your overall health and longevity.

So how exactly does a diet change reduce your risk for developing cancer? Let’s take a closer look at some of the food options to avoid, plus replacement suggestions for fueling a healthy body:

How Does Diet Impact Your Risk?
While there are certain uncontrollable factors – such as genetics – that may increase your cancer risk, the American Cancer Society reports that only 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are the result of inherited genes. That means that the lifestyle choices you make, such as following a proper diet, have a much stronger impact on your chance of developing cancer.

A healthy and wholesome diet reduces your risk of developing cancer.A healthy and wholesome diet reduces your risk of developing cancer.

Neglecting to eat a variety of wholesome fruits and vegetables, and instead consuming processed meats, refined sugars and grains, GMO products, preservatives and other chemically-ridden options can negatively impact your entire body. When you fill your system with these harmful additives, you’re essentially breaking down your immune system, reducing your body’s ability to defend itself against chronic diseases. According to Cancer Research UK, an unhealthy diet can increase your risk for developing the following types of cancers:

  • Mouth.
  • Upper throat.
  • Larynx.
  • Lung.
  • Stomach.
  • Bowel.

Eating the Right Foods
By consuming nutrient-rich foods, you can fuel your immune system to fight off viruses that may lead to cancer. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, eliminating saturated and trans fats, salt, sugar and processed foods is the first step. Next, start following a diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits and fiber. Avoiding meat is another suggestion for aiding cancer prevention, according to Carolyn Lammersfeld, vice president of Integrative Medicine at CTCA.

“Diets rich in red and processed meats are associated with an increased cancer risk,” she said.

Instead, she recommends following a diet that focuses on organic whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and beans.

Whenever possible, choose organic products. Finding fruits and vegetables that have been grown in safe soil with no modifications, pesticides, chemical fertilizers or other processes reduces your chance of consuming artificial ingredients which could result in developing disease.

Our Suggestion: Start Juicing!
By now, you know that consuming a primarily raw, plant-based diet is key to cancer prevention, but that’s just the start. To ease the process of getting used to eating so many fruits and vegetables – and increase the amount of vitamins and minerals you consume each day – we recommend juicing. It’s a simple way to reduce the toxins in your body, while supercharging your system almost instantly. Check out some of our favorite homemade juice recipes for some inspiration in the kitchen!


  1. Callie Bailey August 22, 2017

    I just got my breast removed. And my doctor want me to get radiation. what do you suggest?

    • Melody Hord August 23, 2017

      We can only start to appreciate how frightening a cancer diagnosis is and realize that there is great pressure to pursue standard medical treatments including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. We could not possibly answer the question of which treatments to accept and reject. One book that gives insight on cancer is “Unravel the Mystery, A Simple, Effective Approach to Beating Cancer”. There is also a corresponding recipe book. No matter what path you choose, science has shown the foods we eat play a significant role in health.

  2. Connie Gesser August 28, 2017

    I love the juicing recipes. The Holiday juice especially looks pretty and good. I wish I had more time to juice. I am working on balancing my life in all areas.

  3. Annette Whitworth August 29, 2019

    Thanks for this information! Alot to understand after or before having cancer. Thanks to the Cancer Research of the UK with giving us insite on an unhealthy diet can increase your risk for developing the following types of cancers. This was very helpful.

  4. Connie June 19, 2021

    I agree taking care of your skin, quitting smoking, eliminating alcohol consumption and exercising daily are a few ways you can aid cancer prevention. Many people do not realize diet makes a big impact on overall health and longevity.
    A healthy diet is avoiding saturated and trans fats, salt, sugar, processed food and meat. Following a diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits and fiber is a good start.

  5. Jennifer June 30, 2021

    Thank you for the information. Its so good to know great ways to help protect ourselves from cancer.

  6. Annette Whitworth September 1, 2021

    This was a great Blog, I really enjoyed reading the last statement that says Our Suggestion: Start Juicing! I think alot of people would see more good results when they started eating the right foods and stop with the bad foods that can cause toxins to get in out body. thanks again.

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