What does a high-fiber diet have to do with breast cancer? More than we thought.
In a recent study (Dec 15 2008, Journal of Clinical Oncology) researchers found high-fiber diets reduced recurrence of breast cancer by 31 percent in women with high estrogen levels. In the study, almost 3,000 breast cancer survivors were assigned to either a high-fiber diet (8 fruit and vegetable servings/day, plus 16 oz of vegetable juice), or a comparison diet of just five servings of fruit and vegetables/day.
Yes, fruits and vegetables help prevent cancer and recurrence of cancer as this study shows - even in women with higher-than-normal estrogen levels. If what we eat makes this significant of a difference, why are doctors prescribing drugs as if there were no other choice?
Gold EB, Pierce JP, Natarajan L, et al. Dietary Pattern Influences Breast Cancer Prognosis in Women Without Hot Flashes: The Women's Healthy Eating and Living Trial. J Clin Oncol. Dec 15 2008.