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Story Updated: Dec 3, 2012

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean fantastic fall foods suddenly vanish from the produce section.

In fact, nutrition experts at Dana Farber Cancer Institute encourage you to keep shopping...because many of these foods are also fabulous cancer fighters.

Make sure your cart includes apples. Studies suggest eating an apple a day can keep the cancer doctor away by potentially preventing

throat, mouth, colon, lung and breast cancer. The key is to eat them raw and with the skin on...not in that yummy apple pie.

Fall favorites like pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes are all packed with a cancer-fighting nutrient called carotenoid. while cranberries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer, and some forms of leukemia.

Brightly colored vegetables like beets, carrots, and parsnips also have cancer fighting nutrients. While kale is loaded with phytonutrients that can stimulate liver detoxification. Broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also biggies for disease prevention.

Bottom line...loading up your shopping cart with these cancer fighters is good medicine...and might help your waistline, too!

I'm dr Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.

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