November 14, 1995
Web posted at: 4:20 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Elizabeth Schwartz
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- One cancer prevention method could be as close as your refrigerator. "Our best estimate is that if we all ate a perfect, healthy diet, we could eliminate maybe 35 percent of cancer deaths," said Dr. Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society. (95K AIFF sound or 95K WAV sound)
We've heard over and over again: keep your weight down, eat more fruits, vegetables and grains and stay away from fat.
Adding certain foods to the diet has been shown to prevent a variety of cancers, from breast and prostate to colorectal. But what's needed is real food, not vitamin and mineral supplements from a bottle. "It would be easy if we could just take a pill," but that's not the answer, Thun said.
"Cancer is not inevitable"
-- Dr. Micheal Thun, American Cancer Society
Of course, a perfect diet is still no guarantee of perfect health. "Even if everybody did everything right, some of us would still get cancer," Thun said. But eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along with six servings of grains, is still a good start.
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