Specifically, eating more organically grown foods was linked to a 34 percent reduced risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, a 76 percent decreased risk for all lymphomas and an 86 percent reduced risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said lead researcher Julia Baudry.
Specifically, the study of the diets of almost 70,000 French adults shows those who primarily eat organic foods were more likley to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared with those who rarely or never eat organic food.
During the study, participants developed a total of 1,340 cancers, 459 of which were breast cancer.
The quarter who ate the most organic food were 25 percent less likely to get cancer, compared to the quarter who ate the least organic food. Scores that were closer to 32 indicated that the participant consumed more organic foods, and the closer to zero, the less organic food the participant consumed.
The authors concluded: "Although our findings need to be confirmed, promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer".
Pesticide is among the risk factors of cancer and organic food has less of the stuff compared to regular food.
Two of the types of cancer tested for, thyroid cancer and melanoma, were found to be more susceptible to an increase in risk than expected, and Nunney suggested in the study that other factors could be at play in those cases, such as geography. "It is unclear what the intended exposure, organic food consumption, was actually measuring", the author said.
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The NutriNet-Santé study is supported by the French Ministry of Health, French Institute for Health Surveillance, National Institute for Prevention and Health Education, National Institute for Health and Medical Research, National Institute for Agricultural Research, National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, and Paris 13 University.
Before you take on a second job to afford the switch to organic, take note of the study's limitations.
Dr. Shepard says that eating a heart-healthy diet, whether specifically organic or not, is beneficial for reducing our risk of all cancers. The participants were split into four groups, based on the number of organic foods that they consumed on average. They were also more likely to exercise, to have quit smoking, and to eat higher amounts of healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables. France's Center for Research in Epidemiology and Statistics and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health of America claimed this in their research. Bean sprouts and soy are also good anti-cancer food.
"In general, we know that healthier diets are better for you when it comes to cancer risk, he said".
What's "urgently" needed is a more detailed study that would address some of the problems in the French report, according to the commentary.
For example, an article published in Workplace Health & Safety notes the link between pesticide exposure and developmental issues in children.