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Diet Linked to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Lots of Meat, Saturated Fat, Dairy May Raise Risk

Cancer-Fighting Foods

Zheng says that it's not necessary to stop eating meat. Nor it is necessary to gobble up huge quantities of vegetables. A balanced diet, he says, is all that's needed.

His study showed that people who ate more of certain foods tended to have a lower risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Those foods include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Mixed lettuce salad
  • Leeks
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Citrus fruits

Improving your diet won't just lower your cancer risk, Mueller notes.

"There is such a confluence between risk factors for cancer and risk factors for heart disease," she says. "Get plenty of exercise, eat a good diet, don't smoke. It is what your mother told you. It's true that this is the basis of a healthy lifestyle. And it's true that this lowers your risk for these big killers, too."

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