Low fat diet lowers risk of breast cancer recurrence

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

Low fat diet lowers risk of breast cancer recurrence

Study findings from the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study have found that cutting fat intake to 20 percent of total daily calories, could reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by up to 25 percent.

The study, a randomized study of over 2,400 women, assigned forty percent of the participants to a low fat diet, while the other sixty percent continued with their regular eating habits.

After a five year follow-up period, researchers found that women who adhered to the low fat diet experienced a 24 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to those who ate their regular diet.

The most recent findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute support recent findings that have suggested a high fat diet may be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

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