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'Berry good news on how to halt cancer

Strawberries may hold back development of one of the most deadly cancers, research suggests.

A study found that eating freeze-dried strawberries reduced the cancer-causing potential of abnormal growths in the oesophagus, or gullet.

Based on the findings, scientists believe the fruit may help to prevent or delay oesophageal cancer in high-risk patients.

Survival rates for the disease are low, with only around 8pc of patients living five years after diagnosis.

Combined use of tobacco and alcohol, poor diet, and chronic acid reflux are all risk factors for oesophageal cancer, the sixth most common cause of cancer death in the world.

Morse actor John Thaw died from the disease aged 60.

Freeze-drying strawberries concentrates their cancer-fighting chemicals almost 10-fold.

Meanwhile, fish oil may boost the effectiveness of a common treatment for breast cancer, research suggests.

But scientists cautioned more studies were needed.

Omega-3 fatty acids boosted genes that played a role in immune defences against cancer. But they also seemed to activate genes that trigger unwanted immune responses, such as inflammation and allergic reactions, which can promote cancer.

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