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Study Links Increased Recurrence Of Breast Cancer With Higher Starch Intake

December 8, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who studied the dietary patterns of more than 3,000 breast cancer survivors over seven years found a link between increased starch intake to a greater risk for breast cancer recurrence. Women whose cancer recurred had a mean increase in carbohydrate intake of 2.3 grams per day during the first year, while women whose cancer did not recur reported a mean decrease of 2.7 grams per day during the first year. Researchers said starches were particularly important: changes in starch intake accounted for 48 percent of the change in carbohydrate intake. The results indicate a need for more research on dietary recommendations that consider limiting the starch intake of women who have breast cancer.
Jennifer A. Emond, M.S. et al., "Starch Intake May Influence Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence, Study Suggests", Press release, presentation at the CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 08, 2011, © American Association for Cancer Research
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