Eating Organic May Cut Some Cancer Risks, Study Finds

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Researchers from the Parisian university monitored the diet and health of almost 70,0000 people for five years, allowing confounding variables to be factored out since organic consumers also tend to have healthier lifestyles.

The participants were asked to provide information on how often they ate organic food, drinks, and even dietary supplements.

Pesticides linked to cancer include the weed killer glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, and the organophosphate pesticides malathion and diazinon.

If future research bears out the lower cancer risk of organic foods, he says, ways must be found to lower their costs.

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Dr. Shepard said while more research needs to be done to look at the role that organic food may play in cancer prevention, its important for people to focus on risk factors that are within their control, and eating a healthy diet is something everyone can do. Specifically, they were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.

People should eat right and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise to prevent cancer, Hu said. For example, in the Million Women Study in the United Kingdom, self-reported organic food intake was associated with a 21% lower risk of National Hockey League.

If the findings are confirmed, the JAMA researchers said that promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer. "Indeed, This study shows that eating organic food could be a critical tool for fighting an epidemic that is diagnosed in new patients over a million times per year and is estimated to kill over 600,000 people in 2018 alone", The Organic Center said. Further, the frequency of diagnosis was prostate cancer (180 cases), skin (135 cases), colorectal carcinoma (99 cases) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (47 cases).

After comparing the quantity of organic food consumed by each participant with the number of cancer cases the researchers reached an interesting conclusion.

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Its authors write that concerns about pesticide residue shouldn't discourage people from eating more fruit and vegetables, regardless of how they're grown. This revealed that the people who ate organic food most often had higher incomes, more education and higher-status jobs.

A team from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health noted several strengths of the new report in a commentary that was also published Monday.

Chavarro also noted that food labeling, particularly in the US, can be confusing for consumers.

Comparing the participants' organic food scores with cancer cases, the researchers calculated a negative relationship between high scores (eating the most organic food) and overall cancer risk. According to the tenders, most of the people in the study were less fat, non-smoker and less alcohol consumption.

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She explained among the environmental risk factors for cancer there was growing evidence of a link between exposure to pesticides notably in farm workers and cancer development.

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