Low-fat Diet Increases Breast Cancer Survival

Current research shows that women with breast cancer who follow a low fat diet are 22% more likely to survive at least 10 years, when compared to women who consume a more normal higher fat diet according to researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre in Seattle.

This new study follows on from study conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative, which had found that postmenopausal women eating a low fat diet were less likely to get more aggressive forms of breast cancer. That trial followed 48,835 women for an vertage of 8.5 years, and found that women adopting a low fat diet were 8% less likely to develop breast cancer and 19% less likely to die from breast cancer. The results were questionable because the low fat diet wasn’t started from diagnosis.

The new study led by Dr Rowan Chlebowski overcame this and found that women who stuck to the low fat diet increased their chances of survival from breast cancer by 22% compared to women who remained on a diet higher in fat (a third or more of daily calories from fat). The women on a low fat diet also reduced their risk of dying from other cancers by 24%, as well as from other conditions like heart disease. Source:CancerActive