Benign Breast Cancer Disease Can Be Reduced with Fiber and Nuts

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A new study has just reported that early hints that teenagers drinking alcohol are at higher risk for benign breast cancer disease (BBC), which can lead to development of breast cancer in adulthood and that eating fiber and nuts can help reduce these chances.

The study led by Su X and colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School demonstrated that women who had highest intakes of dietary fiber were 25 percent less likely to develop BBD.

There are several messages to this study. Teenagers should not drink alcoholic beverages, which actually have been recognized by the U.S. federal government as cancer-causing agents, and a diet with high fiber and nuts can helps reduce cancer chances.

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Researchers suggest that women be aware that a high fiber diet alone does not necessarily offset the cancer causing effect of alcoholic beverages. The study was meant to examine the association between adolescent fiber and nut intake and proliferative BBD, a marker of increased breast cancer risk.

Researchers had 29,480 women participate in the Nurses' Health Study II and completed a high school diet questionnaire in 1998. Between 1991 and 2001, 682 proliferative BBD cases were identified.

Su X and researchers found women in the highest amount of fiber intake as teens had a 25 percent lower risk of prolifierative BBD than those in the lowest. In addition to dietary fiber, high school intake of nuts was also associated with reduced BBD risk.

Women who eat 2 or more servings of nuts per week were 36 percent less likely to be diagnosed with BBD compared to those who consumed less than one serving per month.

The findings reported in the March 14 2010 issue of Cancer Causes and Control suggest that eating a diet full of fiber and nuts at young ages may help women reduce their risk for breast cancer.

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