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  • Flaxseed consumption reduces risk of breast cancer by 18%, flax bread by 23%

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    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:48 pm Email this article

    Consumption of flaxseed was associated with an 18% reduction in the risk of breast cancer according to a study from Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian government’s cancer advisor.

    Consumption of flax bread was associated with an 23% reduction in the risk of breast cancer.

    “This Canadian study is, to our knowledge, the first to report on the association between flaxseed alone and breast cancer risk and has found that flaxseed intake is associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk,” the paper concludes.


    Subjects: 2999 women with breast cancer and 3370 women without breast cancer

    A food frequency questionnaire was used to measure the consumption of flaxseed and flax bread by 2,999 women with breast cancer and 3,370 healthy control women who participated in the Ontario Women’s Diet and Health Study (2002-2003).


    Lowcock EC, Cotterchio M, and Boucher BA. Consumption of flaxseed, a rich source of lignans, is associated with reduced breast cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control, 2013 Apr; 24(4): 813-816. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23354422

    Author’s Contact Info

    Beth Lowcock
    Prevention and Cancer Control
    Cancer Care Ontario
    620 University Ave
    Toronto, ON, M5G 2L7, Canada
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