In the last 10 years, public awareness campaigns and dedicated volunteers have made huge headway when it comes to educating women about breast cancer. As more women (and men) learn how to perform breast exams at home and commit to regular mammograms and other testing, physicians are catching this disease earlier than ever, and the end result is more effective treatment. But, for all the gains that have been made in breast cancer prevention and recovery, it is still important for women to learn all they can about how to reduce their risk of developing this traumatic ailment.
According to a new study published by the Endocrine Society, the key to breast cancer prevention may lie in your favorite pasta sauce. A press release distributed by ScienceDaily reports that researchers unearthed a link between eating tomatoes (and tomato-based products) and improved hormone levels that could ultimately counter breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.
"Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits. Based on this data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in an at-risk population," said lead author Adana Llanos, Ph.D., MPH, in a statement.
Keep in mind, of course, that not all tomato-based products are created equal. All too many of the offerings at your local grocery store may be loaded with sodium, sugar and other delicious but unhealthy ingredients that may outdo the benefits of the produce itself. In fact, checking the list of ingredients for questionable components is a good rule of thumb for everything from canned goods to sexual lubricants!