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Broccoli and Cabbage Help Breast Cancer Patients

Broccoli and Cabbage Help Breast Cancer Patients

(ePharmaNews) - A new Chinese study suggests that eating broccoli and cabbage may help fighting breast cancer and decreases the odds of having a recurrence.


These findings were presented yesterday at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Chicago.
The researchers have studied five thousand ladies between 20 and 75 who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2002 and 2006 and survived, the researchers explored the women's lifestyle and diet, and the amount of vegetables consumed at 18 and 36 months after diagnosis.
Consuming cabbage, broccoli and other Cruciferous vegetable was associated with a 62% decrease in mortality rate among breast cancer survivors who ate the most amount and a 35% decrease in the recurrence rate.
"Breast cancer survivors can follow the general nutritional guidelines of eating vegetables daily and may consider increasing intake of cruciferous vegetables, such as greens, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, as part of a healthy diet," said Sarah J. Nechuta, M.P.H., Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Previous studies have suggested that these vegetables have a protective effect against cancer, but this study is the first to suggest a benefit of these vegetables after getting cancer.
Dr.Nechuta pointed that the consumption of these vegetables is different in China compared to the U.S or other countries, which is a fact to be considered before generalizing these results.
She added: "the amount of intake among Chinese women is much higher than that of U.S. women, and the anticancer effects of these vegetables depend upon the consumed amount".
Dr.Nechuta finally suggests that future studies focus on bioactive compounds such as isothiocyanates and host factors that may help fighting cancer.

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