The University of Massachusetts Amherst


More Veggies, Less Breast Cancer? Research that Matters at UMass Amherst

Kathleen Arcaro, a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist, thinks that fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. A recent pilot project engaged a community of highly motived, breast-feeding women to help test the concept by providing samples of their breast milk. When it was found that the levels of a helpful, normally-occurring  hormone did go up as consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increased, a long-term research study was begun.