The researchers made no distinction between the health benefits of dried versus fresh fruit.
Dr Andriana Kaliora, of Harokopio University in Athens, said: "Our research into dried fruits suggests that they inhibit some forms of cancer ... extracts appear to stop propagation of cancer cells, bring on cancer cell death, and suppress inflammation."
Dr Daniel Gallaher, of the University of Minnesota, described dried fruits as "great sources of fibre" and said that they are low glycemix index foods.
He said that they also contain polypehnols which are understood to help protect heart health.
A review of the effects of diet on cancer by the British Journal of Cancer concluded that fruit and vegetable intake may moderately reduce the risk of cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract.