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"Fruit, Vegetables and Your Lungs"


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December 16, 2003


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Today's Topic: Fruit, Vegetables and Your Lungs

Many studies have found that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables

every day is statistically associated with lower rates of many types

of cancer, including lung cancer. A new meta-analysis of eight large

trials finds that those eating the most fruits and veggies have a

statistically significant 23 percent lower risk of lung cancer.

Over 430,000 people were studied and more than 3,200 cases of lung

cancer were diagnosed in followups ranging from 6 to 16 years. This

particular study found that most of the protective effect was

associated with fruit consumption. The study was published in the

December 20, 2003 issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

< http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi- ... 1/ABSTRACT >

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: A problem with any type of

study looking at diet and smoking is that smokers eat fewer of the

health-related foods and more unhealthy foods than nonsmokers. This

makes it difficult to separate independent effects. It is also

important to remember that we could reduce lung cancer by 90 percent

if everyone stopped smoking.

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