Cancer Fighters in Every Aisle

Dr. Oz reveals his cancer-fighting list of supermarket musts. Nearly everything in the produce aisle can help you fight cancer, but Dr. Oz points out some surprises as well as creates your shopping list for the freezer, cereal, beverage and household items aisles.

Cancer Fighters in Every Aisle

The fact that eating well increases your overall health is no surprise, however, Dr. Oz is revealing some head-turning cancer fighters hiding in your local supermarket. Shop smart while you protect your health and the health of your family. Click here for a printable list to bring to your grocery store.

Produce Aisle Picks

Cantaloupe - a great source of carotenoids, plant chemicals that act as antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer
Kale and cabbage - cruciferous vegetables, like kale and cabbage, are rich in diindolymethane, and might protect against prostate cancer

Freezer Aisle Pick

Edamame (soybeans) - These cancer-fighting beans contain phytoestrogens, that may help prevent estrogen-driven cancers by binding to estrogen receptors. They are also good for the men of the household since evidence suggests the isoflavones found in soy products may help fight prostate cancer.

Cereal Aisle Pick

Whole Grain Oats - Oats have the highest proportion of soluble fiber of any grain. Fiber is rich in antioxidants, helps fight colon cancer and phenolic compounds in whole grains my help reduce the risk of certain GI cancers. Dr. Oz's picks in this aisle are cereals high in folate, fiber and/or flaxseed.

Beverage Aisle Picks
Orange juice - this favorite breakfast beverage is a powerful source of folate which has been linked to lowered risk for GI and pancreatic cancer
Green tea - one of Dr. Oz's favorite drinks, green tea is lower in caffeine than coffee and can help prevent prostate cancer and possibly bladder cancer
Pomegranate juice - this juice is extremely antioxidant-rich and helps prevent colon and prostate cancer
Soy milk - also made from soy beans, soy milk works the same way as edamame to fight cancer

Household Aisle Picks

Sunscreen - lather on the SPF each and every time you go out in the sun to block exposure to ultraviolet rays

Mop or damp cloth - it's important to get rid of dust without spreading it around your home. Recent evidence has shown that dust can contain the following:

  • PBDEs - a group of chemicals, one of which is known to be carcinogenic, which come from the inside of damaged furniture (exposing the inner cushioning) and from plastics and TVs
  • DDT - recent studies have found evidence of DDT in house dust, even though the pesticide was banned in the US in 1972. This carcinogen can remain in carpet and furniture for years after being introduced in your home. 
  •  Arsenic - this airborne carcinogen comes from mining, smelting, burning fossil fuels and other industrial processes. Eighty percent of arsenic can be removed by dusting regularly.

Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.