Fruits And Vegetables Linked To Lower Breast Cancer Risk (Medical News Today) http://t.co/sK3xClty...
The researchers found a statistically significant inverse association between breast cancer risk and circulating levels of total and individual carotenoids.
"This comprehensive prospective analysis suggests women with higher circulating levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein+zeaxanthin, lycopene, and total carotenoids may be at reduced risk of breast cancer."
They found no statistically significant link for beta-cryptoxanthin.
The authors note they found the strongest links were for ER negative breast cancers, and there was also some evidence that carotenoids may slow the growth of ER positive cancers too, but warn it's possible the effect is obscured by hormone-related associations that drown out the other risk factors.
Nevertheless, they conclude:
"A diet high in carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables offers many health benefits, including a possible reduced risk of breast cancer."