Fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of breast cancer

Fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of breast cancer

According to a new research study, an adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The researchers said that the earing recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce risk of the disease for teenaged girls in later life by about a quarter.  The team from Harvard University said that diets in puberty and young adulthood can play a critical role in affecting changes of developing cancer in later years.The team believes that fibre may protect against breast cancer as it blocking the absorption of oestrogen that is linked to the disease.

The study included 90,000 US women for more than two decades and found that fibre from fruit and vegetables had the strongest protective effect on women against breast cancer.Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and one in eight women in the country affected by the disease and 50,000 diagnoses a year.

Maryam Farvid, visiting scientist and Takemi fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, said that the study is the first major research to study the links between fibre intake early in life, and later breast cancer.

"Previous studies of fibre intake and breast cancer have almost all been non-significant, and none of them examined diet during adolescence or early adulthood, a period when breast cancer risk factors appear to be particularly important."

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.