4 Foods to Eat to Cut Your Cancer Risk

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. To lower your risk, recommends the American Cancer Society, dial back on red and processed meat and crank up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Make room on the menu for these four superfoods too (new research suggests they're particularly effective).

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | May 2010
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    Milk
    Drinking two cups or more each day reduces the risk of developing colon cancer by 22 percent, according to a new review of 27 studies. Stick to 1 percent or skim-these varieties seem to confer the greatest benefits.

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    Fish
    In a recent study of more than 1,800 American adults, those who ate plenty of food with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids cut their risk by as much as 39 percent. Having two meals of fatty fish (such as tuna, salmon, or sardines) a week does the trick, the researchers say. That's the same amount shown to help keep your heart healthy.

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    Soy
    For every five grams of soy eaten daily (about one eighth cup of tofu), your chance of developing colorectal cancer drops by 8 percent, according to a recent study of more than 68,000 Chinese women. Other research shows that natural fat molecules in soy called sphingadienes may be toxic to cancer cells in the colon.

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    Garlic
    It's not only tasty but also rich in antioxidants that help stop colon tumors from forming, according to two reviews. Five cloves a week, raw or uncooked, cut your risk by 31 percent on average.

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