New study finds lower risk of breast cancer in women with high vegetable diets
Sep 7, 2011
A diet enriched with vegetables and fruits is a well-known way to live a healthier life, but a new study suggests that it can also prevent a type of breast cancer, according to Reuters.
The study, which followed more than 86,000 women over the course of 26 years, discovered that women who have a higher diet of plant foods and low in meat and sodium had a lower risk of estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer, according to the news source.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, states that it cannot prove that high-plant diets can reduce cancer, but there is a lower risk of ER-negative breast tumors, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.