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13 January, 2022 Health News

Nut Consumption May Improve Overall Mortality in Long-term Breast Cancer Survivors

Nut Consumption May Improve Overall Mortality in Long-term Breast Cancer Survivors

Read how nut consumption could help long-term breast cancer survivors.

The International Journal of Cancer has published a new study looking at the association between nut consumption and cancer outcomes for long-term breast cancer survivors. Nut consumption is associated with lower total and cause-specific mortality in general populations, but there is not evidence on the association for long-term breast cancer survivors.
The study’s researchers included peanuts and tree nuts in their analysis and assessed at 5-year postdiagnosis with overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) for a total of 3,449 long-term breast cancer survivors from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study. With an average follow-up of 8.27 years after the dietary assessment, there were 374 deaths, of which 252 were breast cancer. It was found that those who consumed nuts regularly had higher OS and DFS rates compared to non-consumers. The authors noted that there was no difference in associations for different types of nuts. They also found that the associations were more pronounced in those individuals who had a higher total energy intake for OS and among those with early-stage breast cancers for DFS.
To sum up the research, nut consumption is associated with better overall survival rates, especially disease-free survival among long-term breast cancers survivors.
Wang, C., Gu, K., Wang, F., Cai, H., Zheng, W., Bao, P., & Shu, X. O. (2022). Nut consumption in association with overall mortality and recurrence/disease-specific mortality among long-term breast cancer survivors. International journal of cancer, 150(4), 572–579.
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