Strawberries May Help Prevention of Esophageal Cancer

Posted: Feb 16 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

Strawberry lovers may have a new reason to favor their favorite fruit: the power to help prevent esophageal cancer. A groundbreaking new cancer study has yielded promising results for clinical trial patients who had been diagnosed with precancerous legions in their esophagus.

Participants consumed about two ounces of freeze-dried strawberries each day for six months, and while the results are very preliminary, of the 36 people participating in the study, 29 showed a reduction of cancerous activity, including reduced cancer cell growth and reduced inflammation. The same group of researchers also had positive results when a similar study was performed on rats. The scientists are planning to further test their results by designing more stringent experiments using placebos in the future. Because esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and has a survival rate of only 10% after 5 years, this pioneering study potentially represents a very positive breakthrough.

While much more research must be done before strawberries are ruled as a helpful source in the fight against esophageal cancer, this research may be enough for some to continue eating the sweet fruit. A diet deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, high in alcohol and tobacco use as well as high salt intake are all thought to be risk factors for cancer of the esophagus. If you believe that you are at risk of having esophageal cancer, then it is important to discuss diagnosis and treatment options with your physician.

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