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Eating More Veggies Increases Cancer Survival Rate: Study

A new study suggests eating increased amounts of cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, etc.) may improve survival rates in those diagnosed with breast cancer.

A study done by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center surveyed 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors on eating habits and discovered that cruciferous vegetable intake within the first 36 months after diagnoses correlated to higher rates of survival.

The risk of death decreased 22 percentage points (from 84% to 62%) for the veggie eaters, while the risk of re-occurrence dropped 21 percentage points (from 56% to 35%).

"Commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables in China include turnips, Chinese cabbage/bok choy and greens, while broccoli and Brussels sprouts are the more commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables in the United States and other Western countries," study lead Sarah J. Nechuta, PhD said.

"The amount of intake among Chinese women is also much higher than that of U.S. women," she added.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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