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article imageTomatoes linked with fighting cancer

By Tim Sandle     Aug 28, 2014 in Science
A new study suggests that eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer. The research shows that men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20 percent.
With the research, the researchers analysed the diets and lifestyles of around 20,000 British men aged between 50 and 69. The analysis of the findings showed that men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week — such as fresh tomatoes, tomato juice and baked beans — saw an 18 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk.
The research was led by Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University.According to the BBC, Dr. Er said: "Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention. However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human [clinical] trials.Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active."
The research additionally examined two other dietary components linked with prostate cancer risk — selenium, found in flour-based foods such as bread and pasta, and calcium, found in dairy products such as milk and cheese.This analysis found that men who had optimal intake of these three dietary components had an even lower risk of prostate cancer.
The research has been published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The paper is titled "Adherence to dietary and lifestyle recommendations and prostate cancer risk in the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment (ProtecT) trial."
Whether the tomato evidence stands up or not, cancer experts recommend eating a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.
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