Eating Fruits & Veggies May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Nov 30, 2010 – Some breast cancer survivors who load up on fruits and vegetables may be able to cut their risk of the tumors returning by nearly a third. Researchers at the University of California, Davis took a second look at data from 3,000 breast cancer patients in a study aimed at learning whether a diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables might keep their cancer from returning. They found that women who did not have hot flashes after cancer therapy could decrease the chances of breast cancer recurrence by increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Previous studies have shown that women with early stage breast cancer who have hot flashes have better survival and lower cancer recurrence rates than women who don’t. Estrogen is the hormone that drives the most common type of breast cancer and these studies showed that women who had hot flashes after treatment for breast cancer had lower estrogen levels than women who did not. The researchers said this suggests that fruits and vegetables act on estrogen. Their analysis, recently reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggests an explanation for why some studies have shown that eating more fruits and vegetables lowers the risk that breast cancer will return, while others do not.

A dietary pattern high in fruits, vegetables and fiber has been repeatedly shown to reduce overall risk of ever getting breast cancer. Fruits and vegetables provide great sources of key nutrients, which may also play a role in reducing the risk of other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Eating fruits and vegetables can also help reduce the risk of obesity.

There are many reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables so make a commitment today and take America’s More Matters Pledge: Fruits & Veggies…Today and Every Day!
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