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Can Veggies and Fruit Fight Cancer?

Posted July 17, 2007

Eating more than five servings of vegetables and fruits a day does not reduce the risk of cancer returning, researchers found.

A survey tested to see if more fiber, combined with a low-fat intake, prevented the recurrence of breast cancer in victims. Researchers studied more than 3,000 breast cancer survivors for around six years.

Half of the study participants ate eight fruit and vegetables servings a day and kept their fat intake to less than 24 percent. The other half kept to the typically recommended diet of five servings and fat intake under 30 percent.

Around 17 percent of the women in both diet groups experienced a recurrence of cancer in 10 years, according to the study results recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"This major increase in vegetables and fruit and decrease in energy from fat did not prevent additional breast cancers and did not prolong life," said Dr. John Pierce of the Moore Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Joy Schumacher, also a study participant and breast cancer survivor, said she experienced some disappointment at hearing the study results.

"... As a cancer survivor, I'm looking for that miracle, that help that's going to get me going farther," said Schumacher.

The results did reinforce the knowledge that the five-a-day, low-fat diet with exercise can help breast cancer survivors and anyone else improve their overall health, said study authors.

"You don't need to 10 a day in vegetables and fruit. Five a day is enough," recommended Pierce.

Study participant Karen Georgens, a breast cancer survivor, said she won't miss all that extra carrot and tomato juice.

"I am relieved that I don't have to drink 16 ounces. Eight is really good, but not 16," said Georgens.

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  • shine Jul 19, 2007

    I read this only after eating a Nathan's Hotdog, wrapped in bacon, with some homemade frenchfries, certainly NOT cooked in the oven, Bushs Pork and Beans and two fried apple turnovers.... Maybe I will will cut back and have a Big Mac and a pizza for dinner... and an orange and some grapes.

  • wolfmandan Jul 19, 2007

    I don't care what they say..I'm not giving up my CHEESEBURGERS!!!...

  • Been there once Jul 18, 2007

    The Eternal.. You got it right. If your mind is not ready to fight, you might as well forget it.

  • gopanthers Jul 18, 2007

    You just can't believe what you hear anymore. One year something is good for you and the next year its not. I know Nutrition is good and I do and try to eat right but sometimes these people that come up with these findings - I never know weather to believe or not anymore. Miles well just eat and be happy, you only live once.

  • THE ETERNAL Jul 17, 2007

    NUTRITION IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY.ACTUALLY, AN INCREASE IN NATURAL FATS WOULD PROBABLY BE BENEFICIAL.MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN NUTRITION IS THE EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH.