A ginger-derived compound is effective against breast cancer

Summary This study investigated the effect of a ginger-derived compound 6-shogaol against breast cancer. Experiments were performed using cancer cells and they showed the efficacy of 6-shogaol in inhibiting tumor growth. The researchers concluded that this ginger-derived compound raises hope for its therapeutic benefit in breast cancer treatment. Further details can be found in the…

A healthy diet protects against breast cancer

Summary Howe GR, Hirohata T, Hislop TG, Iscovich JM, Yuan JM, Katsouyanni K, Lubin F, Marubini E, Modan B, Rohan T. Dietary factors and risk of breast cancer: combined analysis of 12 case-control studies. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1990 Apr 4;82(7):561-9. References G R Howe, T Hirohata, T G Hislop, J M Iscovich, J M Yuan, K Katsouyanni, F Lubin, E Marubini, B…

Carotenoids reduce breast cancer risk

Summary This 20 years follow-up study examined the association between carotenoid intake and breast tumors. 32.826 women donated blood samples. 11–12 years later, 18.743 of these women contributed a second blood sample. Between the first and second blood collection, 2188 breast cancer cases were diagnosed. The results showed that women with high carotenoid intake had…

Vitamin C increases survival rate after breast cancer

Summary This summary analysis examined the results of 10 studies on the relationship between the intake of vitamin C, either from dietary supplements or the diet itself, and the death rate from breast cancer. Total mortality was also examined. The analysis included data from nearly 18,000 breast cancer patients.The results suggest that a high dietary…

Antioxidant micronutrients reduce risk of breast cancer

Summary The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of antioxidant micronutrients on breast cancer risk. The study used data from participants in the so-called Rotterdam Study, a prospective study of women aged over 55 years. The intake of antioxidant micronutrients was determined on the basis of nutritional questionnaires. The investigation revealed,…

Green tea consumption lowers breast cancer risk

Summary This study examined the association between the intake of green tea, a natural source of polyphenols, and the risk of breast cancer in Japanese-American women. It included 119 participants before and 72 participants after menopause. All women were free of disease. The scientists found that estrogen and estradiol, two factors in the development of…

Vitamin C inhibits breast and skin cancer

Summary These two studies examined the effect of vitamin C supplementation on metastasis and tumor growth, for skin cancer and breast cancer, in mice that cannot produce endogenous vitamin C. During the study, the food and water given to a group of 36-38 weeks old female mice was supplemented with vitamin C for four weeks…

Carotenoids reduce the risk of breast cancer

Summary This case-control study examined the relationship between the intake of carotenoids (alpha-, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and lutein/zeaxanthin) and the risk of developing breast cancer. The study involved some 561 breast cancer patients and 561 healthy women. Data collection on the nutrient intake of the participants took place via a validated questionnaire. The observation period was…