Recent studies of hundreds of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) patients indicate that those who continue to eat diets high in total carbohydrates in the year following being diagnosed with cancers in the HNSCC family are significantly more likely to die than those who eat fewer carbs. Cutting down on carbohydrates but eating fats and starches in moderation can help increase the survival rate for HNSCC patients, which is a valuable research finding because this class of cancers has such a low survival rate in general.
- most cancers are from lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet choices
- patients that consume refined sugars have a higher mortality rate with cancers involving head and neck.
- In patients with oral cancer in stages 1-3, cutting back on carbs reduced re-occurrence rates by a significant percentage.
“In particular, people who are yet to undergo cancer treatment still consume a diet full of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar increase their risk of cancer recurrence, and in severe cases, mortality, according to an article in the International Journal of Cancer.”