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Breast Cancer Survival May Improve With Vegetable Consumption
Huff Post Healthy Living
April 3, 2012
by Catherine Pearson
In another boon for broccoli, researchers have found that eating the green vegetable may improve outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis. A new study points to the positive role that all cruciferous veggies — like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage — can play in improving survival and recurrence rates associated with breast cancer.
In the study, presented Tuesday at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, researchers looked at data from more than 4,800 breast cancer survivors in China who had been diagnosed with breast cancer between 2002 and 2006. The women’s cancers ranged from stage 1 to stage 4.
Overall, researchers with the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Shanghai Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables in the years following diagnosis was tied to better outcomes. Women who ate the most reduced by 62 percent their risk of both overall mortality and breast cancer-specific mortality, as compared to women who consumed the least. Those who consumed the most vegetables also reduced by 35 percent the risk of their breast cancer coming back. Researchers compared relative quantities of the vegetables in women’s diets and have not determined at what quantities the beneficial effects are derived.
“Cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, turnips and broccoli, contain high amounts of glucosinolates, which are hydrolyzed to bioactive compounds including isothiocyanates (ITCs) and indoles,” said Sarah Nechuta, a research fellow in Vanderbilt University’s epidemiology center and a researcher on the new study, who explained that she and her fellow researchers attempted to control for other factors that might influence women’s outcomes, including demographics, exercise and additional dietary behaviors.