In the past, those who drew a link between breast cancer and diet endured a degree of ridicule from the establishment. However, it appears that the climate is now changing, with many important studies backing up the claims that diet and breast cancer do have strong links. Evidence shows that food choices can make a significant difference to the risk of developing the disease and this is now almost becoming received wisdom. The National Cancer Institute of Canada made the prediction that dietary modifications (in particular increasing fruits, vegetables, vitamin Ñ and reducing saturated fats) could reduce breast cancer statistics by 24 per cent in post-menopausal women and by 14 per cent in pre-menopausal women. If dietary changes are likely to make this much difference, and you then incorporate other influencing factors such as hormone balance, exercise and reduced exposure to environmental chemicals, you begin to see how you can make a really dramatic impact on a disease which affects so many women.