PREVENTING RECURRENT CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: DIET DOES SEEM TO HELP REDUCE THE RECURRENCE OF COLORECTAL CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Consuming a diet high in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and the like does seem to reduce the risk of recurrent colorectal cancer, a recent study reported. The report stands in sharp contrast to previous studies with disappointing results based on modifying one’s diet. Michael Choti, a colorectal cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, explains the findings.
CHOTI: Based on questionnaires with patients they categorized the diet patterns into two, a so called prudent dietary pattern versus a so called Western dietary pattern, and they found that those who have a Western diet were associated with a higher recurrence rate. And the Western diet here in this study was defined as high in refined grains, high in processed meats or red meat, high in dairy products, desserts, and also interestingly, high in French fries. Whereas the prudent diet was characterized by high intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish. :31
Choti says the benefits of such a diet in also reducing cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk are well known. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.