Cynthia Nixon, Robin Roberts and Sheryl Crow -- they’re only a few of the celebrities who’ve battled breast cancer and returned to their lives and careers full tilt. In North America today, more than 2.5 million women are up and at it after diagnosis with breast cancer. We YOU Docs applaud their courage and determination -- and we try to keep YOU informed about ways to slash your risk.

In January, we told you about a major report on chemical toxins and cancer. Well, now there’s another important piece of the puzzle: You can counteract the breast-cancer-causing effects of a metal called cadmium that ends up in air, water and food. It comes from pesticides, manufacturing, paints and plastics (McDonald’s had to recall more than 1 million Shrek glasses with cadmium contamination), as well as smoke and secondhand smoke (smokers have twice the cadmium in their bodies as nonsmokers).

How? By encouraging you to eat lots of 100 percent whole grains and veggies. That’s right. The high-fiber component of that duo accounts for an 11 percent reduction in breast cancer risk! But dodging breast cancer isn’t ALL about avoiding toxins: You also need to stay at a healthy weight, only have one drink a day (or none if you’re at high risk of breast cancer), consider taking two baby aspirins a day (with half a glass of warm water before and after) and opt for hormone replacement therapy (use bioidentical estradiol and micronized progesterone) during pre-menopause if you’re not at extra risk for breast cancer.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to