High consumption of vegetables and related micronutrients exerts a moderate protective effect on the risk of developing breast cancer, researchers in Italy report. The association between fruit intake and breast cancer was less clear. Scientists from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, conducted an analysis of 26 studies, published between 1982 and 1997, which examined the link between breast cancer risk and dietary intake of vegetables and fruit. The findings suggest a significant protective effect for breast cancer due to higher vegetable consumption, high intake of vitamin C and beta-carotene. The study did show that high fruit intake may have a possible protective effect but this association was not significant.
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