A new cancer study made headlines this week as researchers found that an obesity diet helps reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. The results of this great long-term study can have life-changing results for millions of women.
Tali Lando, a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon, was diagnosed with an advanced breast cancer five years ago when she was 37 years old.
"The reality for me changed," she told CBS News. "I'm still here today so it's the good news."
After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Lando completely changed his diet. New data shows that the effect of this decision is real. Women who followed a balanced low-fat diet had a 21% lower risk of death from breast cancer and a 15% lower risk of death than any cause compared to women who did not have a low-fat diet, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
"You need to reduce your fat intake if you actively want a positive impact on your survival from this disease. It's almost like a license to give prescriptions now to see a nutritionist and change your diet," says Dr. Manasseh, Head of Breast Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center.
The 20-year study followed 48,835 postmenopausal women who did not have breast cancer when they registered. One group adopted a lower fat content with daily servings of fruit, vegetables and barley and lower fat intake to about 25% of total calories. The control group continued its normal diet, with fat accounting for about one third of total calories, 32%, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
"These are actually hard things to do. I think the difficulty comes in what is the availability of these objects in the house or in the home," says Dr. Manasseh.
"You can't change your genetics and you can did not change the reality of the tumor you were diagnosed with, but you can only control some things, and this is a great … diet, Lando said.
The study suggests that dietary changes need not be drastic in order to have a lasting effect.
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