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Fruits and Veggies Reduces Bladder Cancer Risk in Women, Study

Update Date: Aug 23, 2013 02:06 PM EDT

Women who eat lots of fruits and vegetables are less likely to develop invasive bladder cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 185,885 older adults over a period of 12.5 years.  Overall, there were 581 cancers of invasive bladder cancer.

Researchers found that women who ate the most fruits and vegetables had the lowest bladder cancer risk.  The findings held true even after adjusting for other factors related to cancer risk.

The study found that women consuming the most yellow-orange vegetables were 52 percent less likely to have bladder cancer than women consuming the least yellow-orange vegetables.

The study also found that women with the highest intake of vitamins A, C, and E had the lowest risk of bladder cancer.  However, no links were found between fruit and vegetables intake and invasive bladder cancer in men.

"Our study supports the fruit and vegetable recommendation for cancer prevention," researcher Song-Yi Park of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center said in a statement.

"However, further investigation is needed to understand and explain why the reduced cancer risk with higher consumption of fruits and vegetables was confined to only women," Park added.

The findings are published in the Journal of Nutrition

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