low-fat diet reduces risk of death after breast cancer

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reprinted from The Cancer Letter Vol 44 No 24

Study shows low-fat diet significantly reduced risk of death after breast cancer

Women who consumed a low-fat diet had a significantly reduced risk of death af ter breast cancer. However, women with other cancers who were also on a low-fat diet did not experience the same ef fect, according to new results from the Women’s Health Initiative Di- etary Modification trial that were pre- sented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

For the trial, 48,835 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years were randomly assigned to a low-fat diet.  The study’s results are now being reported af ter 17.7 years cumulative follow-up. After long-term follow-up, women randomly assigned to a low-fat dietary pattern had a significantly reduced risk of death af ter breast cancer  However, there was no reduction in cancer mortality among women who
were on the low-fat diet and had colo and rectum, ovarian and endometrium cancers).

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