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"ROME (Reuters) - Gorging pizza could help reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer -- Italian scientists say.

In a twist to the accepted medical wisdom that food you really enjoy tends to be bad for you, researchers at a Milan pharmacology center found that eating one or more pizzas a week dramatically reduced the incidence of some types of cancer.

A study of 8,000 Italians found that regular pizza-eaters were 59 percent less likely to contract cancer of the esophagus, while the risk of developing cancer of the colon fell by 26 percent.

"We knew that tomato sauce was protective against certain tumors, but we certainly didn't expect that pizza as a whole would provide such strong protection," researcher Silvano Gallus told Sunday's La Repubblica newspaper."

because, you know, pizza is my favourite food..

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)
mmm...
A little suspect don't you think? I mean next the Italian's will claim that pasta is good for the heart. I assure you that not eating pizza will increase my chances of developing cancer. People are scared I guess. Cancer seems to be everywhere I look. My father for god sake has just been diagnosed with cancer. A man who lives some what a healthy lifestyle and has a well balanced diet. More balanced than mine that's for sure. We seem to be running around trying to figure out why this modern disease is on the increase. Lifestyle maybe. But if it is, it will be far too complex to break it down. Far too many variable to account for. Maybe its not the pizza, maybe there is a popular beverage that is consumed with pizza, maybe its eating pizza in that particular climate. We all seem so fixated on increasing our life span. Sixty fucking years is a long time. If you can't achieve or satisfy all your needs in that time then too bad. If I reach seventy I'll be happy.
benpeek
Jul. 22nd, 2003 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: mmm...
i aiming to get past forty. my father died from cancer when he was forty, and it doesn't seem, with fourteen years to get there, like enough time to accomplish every goal in, you know?
benpeek
Jul. 23rd, 2003 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: mmm...
hi,

i just thought i'd drop my sympathies in about your father and cancer. i thought you were someone else, which is why my previous reply might seem a bit short, because i emailed them my sympathies instead. but it's not them, and i have no idea who you are, now. but that doesn't much matter, i believe, cause cancer is a bitch to get, and i offer you my sympathy in the situation.
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