Breast cancer

14 July 2009

Grapes protect the breasts

There's more to grapes than meets the eye. Research has shown that chemicals found in high levels in grape-based food products block the formation of oestrogen.

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There's more to grapes than meets the eye. Research has shown that chemicals – called procyanidin C dimers – found in high levels in grape-based food products block the formation of oestrogen. Oestrogen is a key factor in breast cancer tumour development.

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Eat a small bunch of grapes (about the size of a tennis ball) every day when they are in season. In winter, a daily glass of red wine should do the trick. Bear in mind that grapes have a high sugar content and should therefore be eaten in moderation.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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