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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The effect of dietary fibrin on breast cancer risk

    breast-cancer-ribbonjpgThere might be a positive role for fibrin, according to researchers from the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland.

    First, the details.

    • The relation of dietary fiber intake to the risk of breast cancer based on hormone receptor status and histologic type was studied in 185,598 postmenopausal women.
      • More on estrogen receptors is here.
    • Dietary intakes were assessed with a food-frequency questionnaire.

    And, the results.

    • During an average of 7 years, 5461 breast cancer cases were identified.
    • Higher dietary fiber intake was associated with a significantly lower risk of breast cancer when those with the highest intake were compare to the lowest intake group.
    • This inverse association appeared to be significantly stronger for estrogen/progesterone negative tumors than for estrogen/progesterone positive tumors.
    • Although total fiber intake seemed to have an impact on breast cancer risk, fiber intake from several food groups, including grains, vegetables, fruit, and beans, did not.
    • Soluble fiber intake was inversely linked to breast cancer risk, whereas insoluble fiber intake showed no association.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that their “findings suggest that dietary fiber can play a role in preventing breast cancer through nonestrogen pathways among postmenopausal women.”

    “Nevertheless, the totality of evidence at this point is far from consistent, and additional research is needed before definitive public health recommendations for fiber and breast cancer can be made.”

    10/5/09 23:45 JR

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