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June 11, 2007

Diet And Exercise Key In Fighting Cancer

Topics: Health Issues

food2a.jpgThere's a lot of research in breast cancer that has applications in other cancers as well. Such is the case in a new study suggesting that breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy diet and take exercise can slash their risk of dying from the disease by half:

[...] The research is the first to look at the impact of both diet and physical activity on breast cancer survival.

It found that healthy living reduced the chances of dying from breast cancer even if a woman was obese.

... The researchers found that women who were both physically active and had a healthy diet were much more likely to survive for between five and 11 years than the rest of the group.

[...] Dr John Pierce, from the Moores Cancer Centre at UCSD, said: "We demonstrate in this study of breast cancer survivors that even if a woman is overweight, if she eats at least five servings of vegetables and fruits a day and walks briskly for 30 minutes, six days a week, her risk of death from her disease goes down by 50%. The key is that you must do both."

The findings are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

... Because of the strength of the findings, the scientists now want to see if taking steps to change diet and physical activity affects breast cancer survival.


Posted by Richard at June 11, 2007 6:55 AM

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