How to Prevent Lung Cancer if You Are a Smoker?

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If you are a smoker and would like to prevent lung cancer, you should consider eating a variety of fruit and vegetable.

This piece of advice came from a new study published in the Aug 31 issue of the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The study included 452,187 participants who were followed for 8.7 years.  During the study period, the smoking behavior and the dietary intake of the participants were recorded.

Using statistical modeling, the investigators found an inverse association between the variety of vegetable and fruit intake and the risk of lung cancer among the smokers.   Smokers who ate a variety of fruit and vegetable had a 12% reduction in risk of lung cancer compared with those who did not (p=0.03)

Even though this might be good news for smokers, smokers are still advised to quit their smoking since smoking is still the predominant risk factor for lung cancer.

Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.  Published online August 31, 2010.

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