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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Raising awareness is essential as breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women and the second leading cause of death from cancer among women. Avoiding certain risk factors, such as high-sugar diets, can help lower the risk of developing it. – Susan G. Komen
Annie dashed through the door of Cassie’s recording studio. Deciding to bring the podcaster breakfast at the last moment made her late.
“Sorry, I’m late, Cassie. In recognition of our topic today, I stopped to make you this Avocado and Smoothie, which also includes spinach. All the ingredients provide nutrition and antioxidants that may help breast cancer prevention and support recovery. Let me know if you like it.”
“Sure, and thanks so much, Annie. By the way, you’re actually not late. We have a few minutes before show time, which is all I need to enjoy this smoothie. I’m so glad to have you on today to specifically discuss if there is a correlation between sugar consumption and an increase in breast cancer.”
“I always appreciate your podcast invitations and the opportunity to discuss this important public health issue with you and your listeners.”
“You are one of our most popular guests,” said Cassie as she finished the smoothie. “This was delicious. Ready to get started?”
Annie nodded. Cassie flipped on her headphones and leaned into the microphone. “Welcome, listeners. Today, we are again conversing with Annie, our resident food-as-medicine expert. Today’s topic is in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s start with an update on the fight against breast cancer. Annie, what can you tell us about the current statistics on breast cancer among racial groups?”
“Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2020 data, the incidence of breast cancer is:
However, the CDC recommends using caution when siting these statistics, noting the COVID pandemic may be responsible for under reporting during 2020.”
Cassie nodded, “duly noted. And are there any rates we should know regarding diabetes and obesity among racial groups?
“Yes. “According to the CDC, diabetes affects:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states obesity affects:
“My next question for you, Annie, comes from a listener. What is the correlation between the amount of sugar in the American diet and the increase in specific cancers, including breast cancer?”
“That is such an important question because there is a lot of confusing information out there about how or even if sugar causes cancer. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that provides energy for the body, but it may also have some harmful effects on breast cancer. Some studies have shown that sugar can increase the risk and progression of this type of cancer by affecting hormone levels, insulin levels, and inflammation. Here is how sugar can fuel breast cancer from reliable sources:
Annie continued, “Research has linked the number of added sugars in an individual’s diet to an increased risk for breast cancer recurrence. Specifically, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, a 10 percent increase in the consumption of added sugars can lead to an increase of 12 percent in post-menopausal breast cancer recurrence.”
Cassie paused and spoke slowly. “Do you have any further comments or words of advice?”
“Yes. We need to be mindful of the amount of sugar we consume and how we can get the necessary energy from foods with higher nutritional value and fewer added sugars. Eating healthily, staying physically active, avoiding an unhealthy body weight, strictly limiting alcohol consumption, and getting regular screenings can reduce your risk for breast cancer and many other health conditions.”
“Well, thank you, Annie, for your valuable insights and for joining us on the Cassie Podcast!”
“Thank you so much for having me.”
Annie and LJ are a fictional couple. Their storyline promotes healthy eating and earth-friendly practices.
The Food-as-Medicine philosophy is based on the belief that whole food is a traditional remedy with the therapeutic power to improve and maintain one’s health. The philosophy has been around for hundreds of years.Read More