The American Cancer Society has estimated the statistics for bladder cancer in the United States for 2013 are, about 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer and about 15,210 deaths from bladder cancer. This type of cancer occurs mainly in older people, with 9 out of 10 people with this cancer being over the age of 55. Science Daily has reported on Aug 23, 2013, Higher Intake of Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce the Risk of Bladder Cancer in Women.
Researcher Song-Yi Park, PhD, along with her colleagues, at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center recently discovered that a greater consumption of fruits and vegetables may be associated with a lower the risk of invasive bladder cancer in women. The investigation has been conducted as part of the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC) Study, which was established in 1993 to assess the relationships among dietary, lifestyle, genetic factors, and risk of cancer. The researchers found that women who ate the most fruits and vegetables had the lowest risk for bladder cancer.
Women consuming the most yellow-orange vegetables were found to be 52% less likely to have bladder cancer than women consuming the least yellow-orange vegetables. This data has also suggested that women with the highest intake of vitamins A, C, and E had the lowest risk of bladder cancer. There was no association found between fruit and vegetable intake and invasive bladder cancer in men.
Park has taken the position that this study supports the recommendation to eat more fruit and vegetables for cancer prevention. However, she has said further investigation is needed in order to understand and explain why the reduced cancer risk with higher consumption of fruits and vegetables was seen only in women.