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2647Vegetarian diet can reduce cancer risk

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  • CyberBrook
    May 31, 2008
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      *Vegetarian diet can reduce cancer risk: study*

      London (PTI): Vegetarian diet and fresh fruits contribute to a longer
      life, suggested a study which showed that it gives protection against a
      wide variety of cancers.

      Scientists attending the First International Congress on Nutrition and
      Cancer in Turkey last week discussed the effect of nutrition on skin
      health as well as on malignancies.

      Professor Walter Willett, of Harvard University, suggested increase in
      the intake of fruit and vegetables to prevent cancer.

      He said this would be particularly useful in reducing cancers of the
      head and neck, such as those of the mouth, throat and oesophagus as well
      as those of the gastrointestinal tract and, above all, prostate, breast
      and ovaries, the Times online reported on Thursday.

      Other studies have suggested that one can cut cancer risk with just 30
      minutes of exercise daily. Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden
      found that people who do at least half-an-hour of exercise everyday have
      a 34 per cent lower chance of being killed by cancer than those who do not.

      "The study shows, for the first time, the effect that very simple and
      basic daily exercise such as walking or cycling has in reducing cancer
      death risk in middle-aged and elderly men," lead researcher Prof Alicja
      Wolk said.

      They monitored the health and exercise levels of over 40,000 men, aged
      between 45 and 79, for seven years to reach the conclusion, the 'British
      Journal of Cancer' reported.

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