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Eating Vegetables ‘can cut risk of mouth cancer’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Britons have been advised that eating plenty of vegetables on a regular basis could help them to avoid being diagnosed with mouth cancer.

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has carried out a review study and concluded there is a link between poor diet and the disease.

It noted cruciferous vegetables – which include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, radish and sprouts – should be eaten at least once a week in order to reduce the risk of mouth cancer.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the BDHF, said: “Around a third of all cases of oral cancer are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet. The foundation recommends that people ensure they eat a healthy, balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables.”

The study, which is published in the Annals of Oncology, noted the chance of contracting mouth cancer is reduced by 17 per cent for those who eat cruciferous vegetables once a week or more compared to those who do not.

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