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Health.com: 9 Big Breast Cancer Breakthroughs for 2013

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Cancer-Fighting Food Exists

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently linked vegetable consumption to a lower risk of estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) breast cancer, an aggressive type that isn't fueled by hormones and affects about 15 to 20 percent of women with breast cancer, particularly younger women. Meanwhile, another study revealed that women with higher blood levels of carotenoids—micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables—also had a lower risk of ER-negative cancer. Moreover, berries have been shown in recent studies to reduce the number of ER-positive tumors—the type of breast cancer that affects 70 percent of sufferers, says Harini Aiyer, PhD, a research scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She adds, "I recommend eating a cup of berries every day."

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