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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS March 7, 2002

Pizza Versus Prostate Cancer

March 7, 2002

Men who consume two or more servings of tomato sauce per week have 23 percent less risk of prostate cancer, compared to those having tomato sauce less than once per month, according to new data from the 47,365 participants in Harvard's Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The effect was attributed to lycopene, the carotenoid antioxidant that imparts the red color to tomatoes and other fruit.

Giovannucci E, Rimm EB, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. A prospective study of tomato products, lycopene, and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2002;94:391-398.

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