(LifeScript Health News) Some breast cancer survivors who eat more fruits and vegetables than guidelines recommend may reduce their risk of recurring tumors. Reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the study suggests that fruits and vegetables may lower harmful estrogen levels in women who do not have hot flashes after their cancer therapy.
Researchers examined data from 3,000 breast cancer patients participating in a study evaluating diet and cancer recurrence. Half the women were told to eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, more fiber and less fat than government recommendations. The other half followed the â€œ5-a-dayâ€ dietary guidelines.
Among women who did not have hot flashes after cancer treatment and ate the 10 servings, only 16% had their tumors return after seven years. Among the five-a-day group, 23% had their cancer return.
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