Breast cancer

The report on updated evidence for breast cancer was published in 2010. The updated evidence confirmed the conclusions from the Second Expert Report.

Latest evidence

The systematic literature review (SLR) of evidence on food, nutrition and physical activity in relation to breast cancer is currently being updated and the Continuous Update Project’s independent Expert Panel will discuss the evidence in 2016.

The research team at Imperial College London produced the previous SLR of the evidence on food, nutrition, physical activity and preventing breast cancer in 2008. This review was for our Continuous Update Project and included 81 new research papers.

The Expert Panel considered the updated evidence and agreed that the updated CUP findings confirmed the convincing and probable conclusions of the Second Expert Report for breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer 2010 Report updates the breast cancer section of the Second Expert Report (section 7.10) and is based on the findings of the 2008 SLR and the Expert Panel discussion.

Conclusions from the updated evidence for breast cancer

The Panel's judgements are shown below. Further details on other factors can be found in the Breast Cancer 2010 Report. Information on how the Panel judged the evidence can be found in Appendix 1 of the report, and further details in chapter 3 of the Second Expert Report.

Food, nutrition, physical activity, and breast cancer (postmenopause) 2010

Food, nutrition, physical activity, and breast cancer (premenopause) 2010

Published findings in peer-reviewed journals

Selected findings from the breast cancer CUP update have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Details of the papers and links to the abstract in PubMed are below:

Dietary compared with blood concentrations of carotenoids and breast cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. 
Aune D, Chan DS, Vieira AR, Navarro Rosenblatt DA, Vieira R, Greenwood DC, & Norat T. 
Am J Clin Nutr. 2012; 96(2): 356-73. Abstract.

Fruits, vegetables and breast cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. 
Aune D, Chan DS, Vieira AR, Rosenblatt DA, Vieira R, Greenwood DC, & Norat T. 
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012; 134(2): 479-93. Abstract.

Dietary fiber and breast cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. 
Aune D, Chan DSM, Greenwood DC, Vieira AR, Rosenblatt DAN, Vieira R & Norat T. 
Ann Oncol. 2012; 23(6):1394-402. Abstract.