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Low dietary fat more effective in fighting breast cancer than wearing pink?
October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event that aims to encourage women to receive mammogram screening. In this month, individuals and organizations, nonproft or otherwise, wear something pink to show their support for the patients or cancer survivors.
Here we report a study that may serve as a tip that may help those who are concerned about the risk of breast cancer, which is diagnosed in more than 175,000 women each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer suggests that reduced intake of total dietary fat may reduce risk of developing breast cancer. So those who really want to cut the risk may consider using a low fat diet.
Wang J. and colleagues from Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts analysed data collected between 1995 and 1999 from 1703 women with breast cancer and 2045 controls without the disease.
The researchers found high fat intake was associated with increased risk of breast cancer by 35 percent compared to low fat intake.
Interestingly, Oleic acid, which is found abundant in olive oil and canola oil was positively associated with risk of breast cancer while linoleic acid and saturated fat was not.
Early studies have found linoleic acid, commonly found in vegetables oils like corn oil and soy bean oil, promotes growth of cancer cells while olive oil, which is rich in oleic acid has been found to provide a beneficial effect.
Additionally, the researchers found women cooking with hydrogenated fats were at 58 percent increased risk of breast cancer while vegetable oil/corn oil was associated with a 30 percent increased risk compared to women using olive oil/canola oil.
The researchers concluded “Our results suggest that a low-fat diet may play a role in breast cancer prevention. We speculate that monounsaturated trans fats may have driven the discrepant associations between types of fat and breast cancer.”
The take-home message is that to fight breast cancer or prevent the malignancy, people should not simply wear pink in October. Instead they need to pay some attention to what they cook and eat.
By David Liu
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat