How Does Diet Affect Your Cancer Risk?


Lifestyle choices play a central role in minimizing your risk of getting cancer. Your dietary choices loom particularly large. The foods you eat can help shield you from cancer—or they can increase your chances of developing it. With a few simple dietary tweaks, you can help to protect yourself from cancer and enjoy better overall health.

Start by making plant-based foods the center of your diet and cutting back on meat. Plant-based foods include fruits and vegetables along with nuts and seeds. The less processed these foods are, the more you will reap the nutritional benefits. Focus on increasing your intake of high-fiber foods. Eat fat sparingly, and when you do eat it, make sure it is the right kind. Unsaturated fats— those that are liquid at room temperature—are the best for you. Saturated fats and trans fats can increase your cancer risk.

Do you need help developing a good nutritional routine? Contact MountainView Hospital. Our H2U newsletter and quarterly magazine are always filled with good nutritional tips, and our physicians, diabetes educators, and bariatric surgery teams can also offer great advice. To find out more, call (702) 233-5474.