Breast cancer is one of the most pervasive cancers a woman can face: 1 in 8 U.S. women will receive a positive diagnosis in their lifetime.

While diet alone can’t treat breast cancer, food choices may play a significant role in slowing the progression of a tumor and increasing the strength and stamina of your body during the fight against the disease. As well as preventing a recurrence of breast cancer, an appropriate diet can even help obviate it in the first place.

Diet & cancer

The typical Western diet has long been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Conversely, other diets—the Mediterranean diet, for example—are associated with a decreased risk.

The relationship between what we eat and diseases is complex. Certain