Strawberries and Colon Cancer Prevention

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Emerging research suggests that strawberries may prevent human esophageal cancer. Researchers from The Ohio State University are also investigating the effects of strawberries on reducing inflammation-associated colorectal cancer. Mice were given a chemical known to induce mouse colon carcinogenesis, and then fed either a standard diet or a standard diet with added freeze-dried strawberries. At the end of the 20 week study, the mice fed strawberries had significantly decreased tumor incidence. Additional research is underway to determine the effects of strawberries on colon cancer biomarkers.

These results were presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Both of these studies examining the beneficial impact of strawberries on cancer prevention were funded by the California Strawberry Commission. Details and video can be found at http://bit.ly/icvB2R.

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