Cancer

Year Published: 2018

Journal

Cancer Mang Res

Authors

Yuan-Yuan Lei, Suzanne C Ho, Ashley Cheng, Carol Kwok, Ka Li Cheung, Yi-Qian He, Chi-Kiu Iris Lee, Roselle Lee, and Winnie Yeo

Methods

This cohort study involved 1,462 Chinese women who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and provided dietary information. The study was designed to compare dietary intake before and after cancer diagnosis.

Key Findings

Breast cancer patients continuously and significantly increased their intake of fruits, vegetables, and nuts after their diagnosis when compared with before their diagnosis. The authors conclude that cancer diagnosis may be a stimulus for patients to make changes to their health. They also note that healthcare professionals should consider this a window of opportunity to educate patients about a healthy lifestyle.