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New research on diet and lung cancer could see critical illness insurance and life insurance become easier to obtain.
The Europe-wide study – published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention - found that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day can cut the risk of developing lung cancer by 23 per cent.
Although the benefits of a balanced diet are well-known in respect of other cancers, a link with lung cancer had not previously been demonstrated.
Moreover, the benefits were also shown to be effective in smokers.
"For every two additional units of different kinds of fruits and vegetables in the diet, the risk of lung cancer falls significantly by 3 per cent," explained Maria Jose Sanchez Perez, one of the study's authors.
"So if smokers increase the variety of fruit they eat they could have a lower risk of developing this type of cancer."
Critical illness cover and life insurance have long been very difficult for smokers to obtain, because of the risk of lung cancer they face, but this discovery could have the effect of making these kinds of insurance more available to them.
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