Good diet 'can minimise cancer risks'

Over 50s looking to reduce the health risk posed by cancer should consider balancing their diet, according to the British Nutrition Foundation.

Research published earlier this week by the British Journal of Cancer revealed that incidence of cancer tends to be lower in vegetarians and those who eat fish than in people with meat-dominated diets.

Responding to the statistics, the Foundation reminded people that while food is never the cause of cancer, changing the nutrient balance of a diet can still play a significant role in lowering the risk of contracting the disease.

Bridget Benelam, nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, suggested that one of the best ways of optimising resistance against cancer was to stick to a properly balanced diet.

She said: "Getting your five a day and making sure your fibre intake is good. Definitely focus on increasing your fruit and vegetables and avoid having too much red and processed meat."

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