Melissa Etheridge Gets a Star, Focuses on Cancer Awareness

Melissa Etheridge has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Etheridge, most popular for her multi-platinum 1993 CD, “Yes I Am,” is also know for her support of gay rights, as well as her struggle with breast cancer.  Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, but has since become the ambassador for Pinktober, an organization that supports breast cancer awareness as well as research.  While Etheridge was fortunate enough to survive her breast cancer ordeal, many were not so lucky; about 39,520 women died from breast cancer in 2011.   There are a few dietary tricks one can use to cut down on cancer risks, some people even take advice from the Far East.   The Okinawans are known to live longer than any other group of people in the world, and one of their main sources of protein is soy.

Along with soy, other foods that might play a role in preventing breast cancer include:

  • Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and Brussels sprouts
  • Flax or sesame seeds: If you eat them ground up (instead of whole), you’ll absorb them and their powerful phytonutrient “lignans” better.
  • Avoiding alcohol: Even a small amount can raise your risk of breast cancer.
  • Use a fish oil supplement or perhaps just increase your intake of fatty fish like sardines, salmon and mackerel. If you want to use the supplement, talk to your doctor first.
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