The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute’s Director, Prof Greg Hannon, is the lead scientist in a study recently published in Nature that possibly links the metastasis of breast cancer and the amino acid asparagine, found in many foods including asparagus.

Breast cancer patients could be encouraged to cut asparagus and other foods from their diets in the future to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.  Most deaths from breast cancer are not caused by the primary tumour but result from the spread of the disease to other organs.

The research, conducted in mice, showed that asparagine, a compound first identified in asparagus but present in many other foods, stimulates the growth of secondary tumours.

See the original research in Nature.

The research is also featured in the Guardian.