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Is vegetarian diet associated with a lower risk of breast cancer in Taiwanese women?

​Following a vegetarian dietary pattern may reduce a woman's susceptibility to breast cancer.

This study investigated the hypothesis that vegetarian diets decrease a woman's chances of having breast cancer. A group of scientists looked at dietary data from 469 Taiwanese women and estimated the breast cancer odds ratio of each subject that participated in the study.

Researchers found a low incidence of breast cancer among women on vegetarian diets. In contrast, high breast cancer risk was associated with habitual consumption of red and processed meat in this study. The results of this study support the hypothesis that women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by adhering to a vegetarian diet.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Chang YJ, Hou YC, Chen LJ, Wu JH, Wu CC, Chang YJ, Chung KP.
  • School of Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan. Department of Surgery, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Division of Nutrition, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Graduate Institute of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Department of Ophthalmology, Heping Branch, Taipei City Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Department of General Surgery, Zhongxing Branch, Taipei City Hospital, No.145, Zhengzhou Rd., Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. yunjauchang2003@yahoo.com.tw. Department of General Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. yunjauchang2003@yahoo.com.tw
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  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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