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Nov 29, 2005

Cabbage May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Cabbage May Protect Against Breast Cancer
How much cabbage did you eat for your last supper? This question might seem silly, but the answer may hold the key to your breast cancer risk. I am not a big time cabbage eater myself, but may be I can change.

A Polish-born epidemiologist who noticed Polish women have lower breast cancer rates says that cabbage consumption makes a big difference. Pathak, along with colleagues from Michigan State University and the National Food and Nutrition Institute of Warsaw, Poland, evaluated the diet of Polish immigrants living in Chicago and surrounding Cook County, and the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan area.

Women who ate at least three servings a week of raw- or short-cooked cabbage and sauerkraut had a significantly reduced breast cancer risk compared with those who only ate one serving per week, they said at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in Baltimore this week.

Pathak says that eating a lot of cabbage in adolescence appears to protect against cancer as does eating a moderate amount as a teenager and a lot as an adult. But she said the cabbage must be raw or only slightly cooked. Pathak said breast cancer rates in Poland, where people consume an average of 30 pounds of cabbage a year, is about one-third that in the United States, where the average cabbage consumption is 10 pounds.


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Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

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