Tree Nuts Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrences
Results of a new study that will be presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in June suggest eating tree nuts—at least 2 ounces per week—can cut the risk of death from colorectal cancer in half in people previously treated for the condition. According to researchers, tree nuts like cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans significantly reduce the risk for stage III colorectal cancer recurrence.
Previous studies have shown that tree nuts have a number of health benefits—from improving heart health to lowering obesity risk—and this new study suggests they can also help increase survival rates in certain colon cancer patients. The study involved 826 people treated with chemotherapy for stage III cancer—colorectal cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes.
Using a dietary questionnaire, researchers determined the risk of colon cancer recurrence was 46 percent lower and the risk of death was 53 percent lower for stage III colorectal cancer patients who ate at least 2 ounces of tree nuts each week. Peanuts (which are actually legumes, not nuts) and peanut butter did not reduce the risk.