|BLADDER CANCER AND DIET|
"Consumption of Raw Cruciferous Vegetables is Inversely Associated with Bladder Cancer Risk," Tang L, Zirpoli GR, et al, Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2008; 17(4): 938-44.
This adds to a growing body of research showing that eating vegetables in general, and cruciferous vegetables in particular, can help people avoid cancer.
This was a hospital-based, case-control study involving 275 subjects with primary bladder cancer and 825 subjects without cancer. Consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables was found to be associated with a strong and statistically significant reduced risk of bladder cancer. The association remained significant among smokers consuming 3 or more servings of raw cruciferous vegetables per month.
The authors concluded, "These data suggest that cruciferous vegetables, when consumed raw, may reduce the risk of bladder cancer, an effect consistent with the role of dietary isothiocyanates as chemopreventive agents against bladder cancer."
Isothiocyanates are nutrients found in the cabbage family of vegetables (cruciferous). This includes cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collards, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, and others.
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