Study: Strawberries May Decrease Esophageal Cancer Risk

by: cancercompass

According to a new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, strawberries may slow precancerous lesions that can result in esophageal cancer.

Researchers studied 36 participants from regions in China that have some of the world's highest esophageal cancer rates, according to Time Magazine. The participants consumed freeze-dried strawberry powder mixed with water every day for six months.

"Our study is important because it shows that strawberries may slow the progression of precancerous lesion in the esophagus. Strawberries may be an alternative or work together with other chemopreventive drugs for the prevention of esophageal cancer," Tong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., lead researcher of the study stated in a news release. "But, we will need to test this in randomized placebo-controlled trials in the future."

Esophageal cancer symptoms are not usually prevalent during the early stages of the disease. However, symptoms can include: difficult or painful swallowing, severe weight loss, pain in the throat or back, pain behind the breastbone or between the shoulder blades, hoarseness or chronic cough, vomiting, and coughing up blood.

What do you think of this new study? Are you planning on incorporating more strawberries into your diet?