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Low-Fat Diet Cuts Breast Cancer Risk: New Study

Released: 4/21/2016

 

Women staying on a low-fat diet for about 8 years reduced their risk from invasive breast cancers. The lead researcher of the study conducted with the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Roman Chlebowski, presented the findings this week at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

The study followed 48,835 postmenopausal women, in the age range of 50-79. They had no prior breast cancer, normal mammograms and normal dietary fat intake. Among the group, 19,541 were placed on a low-fat diet with nutritionist-led group sessions. The other 29,294 women followed their usual diet.

Researchers checked in on how the women were doing in August 2014. The findings showed a minor improvement in survival rates for the low-fat group, with 487 deaths over the years. 82% of the low-fat group survived for at least 20 years following their diagnosis compared to 78 percent of the control group.

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