Ki-67 (or Ki67) is used as a measure of the proliferative activity of breast cancer cells. Ki-67 can often, but not always, be found on breast cancer pathology reports. High Ki-67 has been linked to unfavorable breast cancer outcomes in numerous breast cancer studies. Please see our article on Ki-67 and breast cancer for more information. Below we focus on foods that have been shown to reduce or increase proliferation of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.
Foods that have been shown to lower proliferation
The foods below have been shown to reduce breast cancer cell proliferation, as well as being on our recommended list. Among them are allium vegetables such as onions and garlic, cruciferous vegetables, fatty fish, and sources of quercetin, resveratrol or insoluble fiber.
The following foods have also been shown to reduce breast cancer cell proliferation, but there is not enough other positive evidence concerning their chemopreventive effects to put them on our recommended list:
Foods and supplements that have been shown to increase proliferation
The following foods and supplements have been found to increase breast cancer cell proliferation in the laboratory:
- Genistein and daidzein
- Lima beans
- Soy protein isolate
- Well-done or fried meat or fish
Please see our article on how to optimize your breast cancer diet for information on what to eat during all stages of treatment and recovery. Below are links to recent studies on inflammation. For a more complete list of studies, please click on the tag Ki-67.