Study shows increased breast cancer recurrence rate with starchy foods
Jan 6, 2012
A new study presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found that starchy foods is linked to an increased risk of a type of breast cancer tumor, which is found in people who have already had the disease.
The researchers studied 2,651 women with breast cancer as a part of the Women's Healthy Eating and Living Dietary Information Trial for around seven years. Most of the women had a recurrence rate of 9.7, but those who ate starchier foods had a recurrence rate of 14.2 percent.
"The results show that it's not just overall carbohydrates, but particularly starch," said Dr. Jennifer A. Emond, a public health doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego. "Women who increased their starch intake over one year were at a much likelier risk for recurring."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind lung cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.