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The upcoming month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are several options you can offer in your spa to help promote awareness and wellness, including diet options.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although breast cancer is discussed year-round, October is a special time of year set aside to remind people about what an important issue breast cancer is.
According to the National Cancer Institute, during 2009 alone, there will be 192,370 women diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,170 women that will die from it. With the disease affecting so many lives, it is important to think about prevention. One way to help prevent all types of cancer, including breast cancer, is through lifestyle and diet choices.
“What we eat can have a lasting impact on our bodies and our overall health,” says John Kuropatwa, executive chef of Spigola Ristorante, located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. “There are foods that appear to offer cancer prevention properties, so it’s a good idea to try to incorporate them as much as possible into your diet.”
The American Dietetic Association agrees, stating that fruits and vegetables provide a complex combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, and are low in fat, all properties that make them ideal for helping to prevent cancer. It is never too late to adopt a healthier diet, especially when statistics indicate that almost 13% of all American girls born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.