Breast Cancer and Nutrition Quiz

July 31, 2009

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True or false: Gaining weight increases your risk of breast cancer.
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  2. 0 False.
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  1. True or false: Gaining weight increases your risk of breast cancer.

    Correct Answer: True.

    True: gaining weight can increase your risk of breast cancer.

  2. Which food item does not top the charts as a source of antioxidants?

    Correct Answer: Bananas.

    Bananas. All others on this list are excellent sources of antioxidants.

  3. How many servings of alcohol per week does it take to increase your breast cancer risk?

    Correct Answer: Three or more.

    Research has shown that three of more servings of alcohol can increase your breast cancer risk.

  4. What is a cruciferous vegetable and why are they relevant to people concerned about breast cancer?

    Correct Answer: A type of vegetable high in levels of phytoestrogen (or plant-based estrogen).

    They are a type of vegetable high in levels of phytoestrogen (or plant-based estrogen), which appears to help in reducing cancer risk.

  5. The seven-year Women's Intervention Nutrition Study followed nearly 2,500 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors treated for early stage cancer. It showed that women on a lower-fat diet (about 33g fat per day) experienced a 24 percent overall reduction in the relative risk of recurrence, compared to women who ingested their regular diet (about 57g fat per day). Which group of survivors saw the largest improvement in risk of recurrence?

    Correct Answer: Postmenopausal women with ER-negative, early stage breast cancer (breast cancer that's been confined to the breast and underarm lymph nodes).

    This is a lot to take in, but helpful to know: postmenopausal women with ER-negative, early stage breast cancer (breast cancer that's been confined to the breast and underarm lymph nodes), had the best improvement in risk of recurrence.