THE link between breast cancer and healthy eating habits is crucial, says acting president of the Fiji Cancer Society Dr Tukaha Mua.
In light of World Food Day celebrations and breast cancer awareness month — Pinktober — Dr Mua said cancer patients should take the time to make good food choices.
"There are several things that we recommend — high fibre, low fat and low sugar â€¦ fruits and vegetables are very important for cancer," Dr Mua said yesterday.
"They have this thing called anti-oxidants and these are the chemicals that bind the free radicals and free radicals are made from inflammation from eating too much fat.
"These actually destroy the body and so the anti-oxidants from the fruits and vegetables destroy those negative elements in the system," he explained.
Dr Mua said the choices made by people who battle cancer were important for strengthening their health systems.
"We don't recommend junk food and things with a lot of sugar and we also ask for lifestyle changes, such as reducing the alcohol and cigarette intake.
"And the final important aspect of lifestyle change is simply to exercise, we cannot stress this enough."