A new report on breast cancer survival favors plant-based eating, as presented by the World Cancer Research Fund International's Continuous Update Project. A panel of independent scientists reviewed 85 studies with 164,416 participants diagnosed with breast cancer. They found that eating more high-fiber plant foods before and after diagnosis may reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. Additionally, women who consume more soy after diagnosis have a lower risk of dying, while women who consumed more fat, especially saturated fat, before diagnosis had a higher risk of dying. Other factors that boost survival include regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight. The report’s findings support a growing body of evidence that good food choices can improve survival for women with breast cancer.
- World Cancer Research Fund International. Continuous Update Project Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breast Cancer Survivors. 2014. Available at: www.wcrf.org/sites/default/files/Breast-Cancer-Survivors-2014-Report.pdf. Accessed October 16, 2014.