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Nuts may lower risk breast cancer risk

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Young women who eat peanut butter and other nuts may be lowering their risk for breast cancer later in life. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine analyzed data from a study of 9,000 young women.

During their teen years, they filled out questionnaires detailing their eating habits. Several years later, researchers asked them whether they had been diagnosed with benign breast disease, a precursor to breast cancer.

They found those who ate peanut butter and nuts twice a week as teens were nearly 40% less likely to develop the condition as adults.

The study also suggested eating beans, lentils and corn may lower the risk for benign breast disease.

The study was funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A total of 112 women included in the study were diagnosed with benign breast disease.

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