Mom was right, but she should have been more specific. You should be sure to eat all of your cruciferous vegetables and cancer may even be crossed off your list of health risks.

A study of cruciferous vegetables and cancer in women by Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the role that cruciferous vegetables—like cabbage, greens, cauliflower, and broccoli—play in breast cancer survival. What they found was pretty stunning.

After they had adjusted for things like lifestyle and demographics they found that women with breast cancer who had the highest intake of the vegetables per day had a 62 percent reduced risk of dying from the cancer and 35 percent reduced risk for having it come back.

And, of course, there's no reason to believe that the veggies will not have the same lifesaving benefits for men. In fact, past studies have shown that they are one of the best things to have in your cancer-prevention plan.