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Astria says diet rich in Vitamin D may reduce breast cancer risk by 40%

Astria says diet rich in Vitamin D may reduce breast cancer risk by 40%

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Local doctors say people can potentially reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, if you eat a diet heavy in Vitamin D.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Astria Regional Hospital hosted a Lunch-and-Learn on breast health and nutrition.

Dr. M. Whitney Parnell, a breast surgeon, says if people eat a diet rich in vegetables and stay active, they'll have a greater chance of not developing breast cancer or improving the outcome after surgery.

“If you are a regular exerciser and if you are a non-smoker, and you limit your alcohol and you eat more of a plant-based diet, then that risk reduction for breast cancer patients can be as high as 40 percent,” she said.

Parnell also says foods that are rich in Vitamin D, like certain hard cheeses, oily fish, and turmeric are shown to keep breasts healthy.

She advises women to continue to do their monthly self-breast checks, and to get mammograms, typically after the age of 40.

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