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Special Reports September 2014 Issue

Best Food Choices to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

What role does diet really play in cancer prevention? Start with these foods.

Reporting on the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research earlier this year, the New York Times noted, “The latest results about diet and cancer were relegated to a single poster session and a few scattered presentations.” Previous high hopes that specific dietary changes might combat cancer risk have largely evaporated, the Times reported, in the wake of “more thorough” epidemiology. The report summed up: “About all that can be said with any assurance is that controlling obesity is important, as it is for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and other threats to life. Avoiding an excess of alcohol has clear benefits. But unless a person is seriously malnourished, the influence of specific foods is so weak that the signal is easily swamped by noise.”

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