Higher fiber consumption in late teens, early 20s may be linked to lower risk of later breast cancer

On its website, NBC News (2/1, Fox) reports that research published in Pediatrics found “that women who ate more fiber in their late teens and 20s had a much lower risk of breast cancer later.” The “20-year study of more than 90,000 women” indicated that participants “who ate the most fiber while young had a 16 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate the least and a 24 percent lower risk of having breast cancer before menopause.”

CBS News (2/1, Marcus) reports on its website that lead author Maryam Farvid “said the findings show that each additional 10 grams per day increase in fiber intake during adolescence reduced the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent.”