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4 Foods to Eat to Cut Your Cancer Risk

Simple changes to your diet could lower your risk of cancer.

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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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Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest