Fruit and veggies protect against kidney cancer in men

December 21, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

 Fruit and veggies protect against kidney cancer in men
According to a large study from researchers at Harvard University, consuming six or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day has been shown to offer a protective effect against kidney cancer in men.

The findings based on two studies of more than 88,000 men and 47,000 women, used food frequency questionnaires to monitor food intake, as part of the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention found that men who regularly consumed six or more portions of fruit and vegetables had a decreased risk of kidney cancer.  In fact, there was a 55 percent reduction in renal cell carcinoma (more than 80 percent of all kidney cancers are accounted for by renal cell carcinoma).   

No protective effect was seen against kidney cancer in women who consumed any amount of fruit and vegetables.

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