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Tomatoes may help prevent one type of cancer, says new study

Prima logo Prima 17/05/2017 Francesca Rice

Tomatoes may help prevent one type of cancer, says new study © rudisill / Getty Tomatoes may help prevent one type of cancer, says new study Good news for tomato lovers out there because a new study has suggested the fruit, a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, may help fight off stomach cancer

A team from the Oncology Research Center of Mercogliano in Italy say that tomatoes eaten in their entirety may help inhibit cell growth, the Mail Online. The team now hope their findings may pave the way for future studies on preventing the disease.

Previous studies have suggested that one particular chemical found in tomatoes, lycopene, may have cancer-fighting properties, but the new study suggests that the fruit in its entirety could be beneficial.

Study author Professor Antonio Giordano wrote in the Journal of Cellular Physiol: 'Our results prompt further assessment of the potential use of specific nutrients not only in the cancer prevention setting but also as a supportive strategy along with conventional therapies.'

The team studied whole tomato extracts from two varieties, San Marzano and Corbarino, and found that both affected gastric cancer cells' ability to spread and develop. They believe the findings may have implications for cancer prevention but may also lead to new treatments for the disease.

Around 7,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with stomach cancer every year.

Related: What Causes Stomach Cancer? (Provided by Wochit News)

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