Breast Cancer Action Says New Study Proves Diet Does Not Play a Major Role in Breast Cancer

For Immediate Release

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Contact: Mary DeLucco
Breast Cancer Action
(415) 243-9301 ext. 16

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San Francisco, CA—Breast Cancer Action (BCA) said today it is not surprised that a new National Cancer Institute study finds that a diet high in vegetables, fruit and fiber, and low in fat, has no effect on whether women with breast cancer will have a recurrence or die from the disease.

The seven-year study, being published tomorrow in the Journal of the American Medical Association, studied more than three thousand women. The women had all been treated for early stage breast cancer. Half of the group ate a diet high in vegetables, fruit and fiber and low in fat, the other half was assigned to get educational materials about the importance of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

The study found there was no difference in the number of recurrences of breast cancer or deaths from the disease between the two groups.

For many years, BCA has been urging researchers to stop focusing on the relationship between diet and breast cancer and instead look at the impact of the external environment on breast cancer.

“Billions of dollars have been poured into looking at the influence of diet on breast cancer to no avail,” says BCA Executive Director Barbara Brenner. “It’s time to put precious resources elsewhere. And it’s past time to let women know that they are not to blame if they get breast cancer, or a recurrence.”

Breast Cancer Action (www. bcaction.org) is a national grassroots education and advocacy organization that carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic.

Since 1998, BCA has refused to accept funds from corporations that may create a real or apparent conflict of interest for BCA.

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