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Kathleen Arcaro (FRS '12-'13) and team awarded $3.1 million NIH grant for breast cancer risk study

Kathleen Arcaro (FRS '12-'13) as well as a UMass research team has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure the impact of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on the breast cancer risk of lactating women.

The New Moms Wellness Study will use breastmilk to assess whether eating at least eight to ten daily servings of deeply pigmented and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables reduces biomarkers of breast cancer risk. The researchers hypothesize that fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce inflammation during lactation and weaning, thus lowering the Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer (PABC) risk. To read more about the study, click here.