October is breast cancer awareness month, and "Extra" is helping out the pink campaign with some new tips from Dr. Kristi Funk. Host Maria Menounos caught up with the oncologist to get her top five ways to reduce the risks of the disease. Funk explained:Maintain a healthy weight: “People who are overweight have more estrogen flowing through their bodies. And up to 75% of breast cancers are actually fueled by estrogen to grow.”
"Extra" Lifechanger and breast cancer specialist Dr. Kristi Funk wants to make sure you know the facts about the disease.
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A government panel changed the guidelines regarding breast cancer mammograms and self-examinations -- and the results are scary.
"Extra" Lifechanger and breast cancer specialist Dr. Kristi Funk reveals that these new recommendations "could be the difference between stage one curable" cancer and "stage four -- incurable" cancer.
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"Extra" Lifechanger and breast cancer specialist Dr. Kristi Funk is going to the grocery store to show you the best foods to fight breast cancer.
For your morning caffeine fix, Dr. Funk suggests trading your cup of joe for green tea. Coffee doesn't increase your risk of getting cancer, but Kristi explains, "three cups of green tea a day decreases breast cancer risk by half."
Specifically, Matcha green tea is best. Rachel Beller, a nutritional oncology specialist, reveals that Matcha "has ten to fifteen times the antioxidant power as regular green tea that comes in a bag." A splash of citrus can boost the antioxidant levels in your tea as well. "Adding lemon juice to the green tea will enhance the antioxidant power by four times." Ginger, too, is an anti-cancer heavyweight.
Spices like turmeric and oregano spruce up bland dishes while they fight-off cancer. "Population studies show that individuals who ingest turmeric on a regular basis have a lower incidence of breast cancer," Beller says, adding that oregano is perfect "sprinkled on roasted vegetables."
Your grocery list is complete, but which foods should you avoid? Check out Dr. Funk's list of foods to stay away from here.
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"Extra" Lifechangers Dr. Kristi Funk, Dr. Armand Dorian and Dr. Peter Grossman have joined forces to answer your questions. From the spread of breast cancer, to the real damage sunburns can cause, these Lifechangers have your medical know-how!
Breast cancer survivors Christina Applegate, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow have all fought the battle against breast cancer. Now "Extra" Lifechanger Dr. Kristi Funk is fielding your questions about living with cancer.
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