Thankfully, dutiful efforts by the world's foremost scientists have led to the development of medications, therapies and clinical treatments to help patients triumph over breast cancer. But one powerful aid in the fight against the disease may not come from the lab - but from a tree, plant or bush.
According to a recent study by researchers at Colorado State University, eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and soy, could cut a woman's risk of developing breast cancer by about 30 percent, Reuters reports.
The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, assigned participants two scores, one representing their vegetable-fruit-soy intake, and one denoting their consumption of meat, starch and saturated fats.
Though lead researcher Dr Lesley Butler based her study on a review of about 34,000 Chinese women, she told the news source that the diets of the women she studied "aren't that different from patterns seen in the U.S."
She added, "There's usually a bad food pattern of meat and lots of starch and saturated fat. And then there's the good pattern - a prudent pattern in our case - the vegetable-fruit-soy pattern."
While a healthy diet may influence women's health, the American Cancer Society reminds women in their 20s and 30s to begin receiving breast cancer screenings as part of a periodic health exam.