To reduce future risk of breast cancer, teen girls should eat more fruits, vegetables
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is a new warning Wednesday for the parents of teen girls and some new information on what could lower a young girl's future risk for breast cancer.
It is that time of year where the summer fruits and vegetables are simply delicious, and they are important in every diet. However, now researchers say it may be even more important for teenage girls to be eating these.
Research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention specifically looked at the diets of teenage girls, and then later in life they looked at 45,000 female nurses and found 3 percent developed breast cancer over 20 years. Those in the top fifth for inflammation had a 35 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer before menopause.
What causes inflammation is a number of things, but we do know it can be diet-related. The more you can get of fresh fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods, that's had the best diet impact for reducing inflammation.
The goal is to strive for five servings a day, but we may need more like five to nine servings a day and at least three different colors, and the study found this is especially important for teenage girls.