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Eating Fruit And Walking Can Halve Chance Of Chest Cancer

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Eating fruit and walking can halve chance of dying from chest cancer



By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

Published: 09 June 2007




Women with chest cancer can halve their risk of dying from the disease if they eat fruit and take up walking, research released yesterday has shown.


Even those who are overweight or obese gain the same benefit from the strategy - provided they follow both parts of it. Eating fruit and vegetables without walking or walking without eating fruit has no effect, the researchers said.


The study of 1,500 women diagnosed with early stage chest cancer between 1991 and 2000 is the first to examine the combination of exercise and diet and its effect on survival. Previous studies have looked at one or the other and come up with mixed results.


Researchers at the Moore's Cancer Centre, University of California, who conducted the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, say getting diet and exercise right is key for chest cancer female patients.


"We demonstrate in this study of chest cancer survivors that even if a woman is overweight, if she eats at least five servings of vegetables and fruits a day and walks brisky for 30 minutes, six days a week, her risk of death goes down by 50 per cent. The key is that you must do both," said John Pierce, director of the cancer control programme at the Moore's centre.




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