Healthy diet cuts risk of dying from breast cancer

Large US study shows women on a low-fat diet had a 21% lower risk of death

A low-fat, fruit and vegetable-rich diet significantly lowers the risk of older women dying from breast cancer, according to long-term data from a US clinical trial.


Nearly 49,000 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 with no previous breast cancer and with dietary fat accounting for at least 32% of total daily calories were enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification trial.

From 1993-98, the women were randomly allocated to a usual-diet comparison group or a dietary intervention group that aimed to