Narrator: This is Science Today. Women who are at higher risk of cervical cancer are the focus of a dietary intervention study at the University of California, San Diego. Cheryl Rock, the lead researcher, says the changes they're recommending are similar to most diet intervention studies in cancer research.
Rock: The similarity is the eating more vegetables and fruits. This is become almost the theme song in nutrition and cancer research. We're changing diet for women who have had an abnormal pap smear. We believe that how you eat will affect whether or not it goes away or whether or not it persists and could become cervical cancer.
Narrator: Rock says their diet is highly individualized and does not completely rule out fats, but focuses more on protective foods.
Rock: Rather than saying a long list of don't eat this and don't eat that, we'll start out with saying eat more of this - and that's mostly vegetables and fruits and grains and beans and all those kinds of foods, regardless of what else you eat, seem to be protective.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.