Low Fat Diets May Not Prevent Breast Cancer From Returning

    May 18, 2005
    Chris Crum

Low fat diets may keep breast cancer from returning to women that have already had it a new study says. However, many specialists don’t agree with the results of the study.

These experts believe that there are other factors that need to be taken into account, and that breast cancer patients shouldn’t be advised to follow a low-fat diet based on this study.

The study,which was funded by the National Cancer Institute, included 2,437 women. 1,462 of the women continued to eat their normal diets while 975 women were set up on less fatty diets by their doctors.

Cancer returned to 9.8% of the women on the low-fat diets, while it returned to 12.4% of the women on their normal diets. However, as reported by AP,

The only women who benefited were those whose tumors were not helped to grow by estrogen. These women had 42 percent lower risk of recurrence if they ate low-fat diets, but they accounted for just 1 out of 5 women in the entire study similar to breast cancer cases in the general population.

Results for the other 4 out of 5 women in the study did not reach statistical significance, meaning they could have occurred by chance alone a point the American Cancer Society noted in a statement on its Web site Monday.

“There are more questions than answers,” said the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s director of breast care, Eric Winer. “What we don’t want to happen is for every woman who’s had breast cancer to panic if she’s had a Big Mac.”
The women on the low fat diet consumed around 33.3 grams of fat each day, and the women continuing with their normal diets consumed approximately 51.3 grams.

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