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Eating variety of fruit and veg could reduce need for private medical cover treatment for cancer

Published on 22/11/2010
Those who do not eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables may be more at risk of needing treatment for lung cancer from their private medical cover provider, a new study has found.

Eating five portions of fruit and veg a day has long been associated with health benefits, including reduced risk of cancer.

But now scientists have found evidence that, in the case of lung cancer, variety is also key.

Researchers from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, which includes centres in ten European countries, found that eating more than eight sub-groups of vegetables a day cuts the risk of lung cancer by 23 per cent, compared with eating less than four sub-groups.

Maria Jose Sanchez Perez, co-author of the study and director of the Granada Cancer Registry at the Andalusian School of Public Health, said: "Aside from the amount [of fruit and veg] consumed, it's also important to take into account the variety."

However, she added that "the most effective way of preventing [lung cancer] continues to be reducing the prevalence of tobacco consumption among the populace".

The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Around 38,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. 
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