News | December 18, 2006

Study: Low-Fat Diets Lessen Breast Cancer Recurrence

A low-fat diet can help prevent breast cancer recurrence, according to a new study released during last week's 29th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

In the study of more than 2,400 postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, those who cut down on fats in their diets were about one-fifth less likely to suffer a recurrence or die over the next six years, compared with those who did not change their eating habits.

Women whose tumors were not fueled by hormones benefited most. Their chance of recurrence was reduced by more than half, and their risk of dying was slashed by two-thirds. However, there was little benefit for women with hormone-receptor-positive tumors.

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