Eating fruit when younger reduces breast cancer risk
Eating fruit when younger reduces breast cancer risk, according to recent research from the British Medical Journal.
Although fruits and vegetables are believed to reduce breast cancer risk, many study results have been conflicting. Most studies tend to focus on midlife, where breast tissue is less susceptible than during adolescence.
The U.S. researchers set out to find whether eating fruit when younger reduces breast cancer risk (during adolescence). They followed over 90,000 nurses for 20 years who reported their diets during adulthood and adolescence.
They found that high fruit consumption during adolescence was linked to about a 25 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Fruit juice intake did not show any benefits.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 1 in every 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The ACS also reports that this year, there will be 246,660 new diagnosed cases of invasive breast cancer, and that about 40,450 women will die from breast cancer.
It is crucial to take steps to prevent this deadly disease, and to spread the knowledge to your loved ones.
The study showing that eating fruit when younger reduces breast cancer risk was published in BMJ.
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