Mediterranean dish is always suggested to be the best in terms of health and lately a study has found it cuts the risk of getting breast cancer too by 40 percent among women.
The diet is rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil. It includes white bread, red meat and sweets to the minimum. It includes alcohol too but in the study the drink was omitted.
The new study reveals Mediterranean diet reduces significantly the likelihood of oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
A data reveals about 55,000 women are diagnosed each year with such form of breast cancer in the United Kingdom and 11,400 of them die out of it.
The new research was led by Professor Piet van den Brandt from Maastricht University. He studied 62,000 women for more than twenty years.
Prof. Brandt said, “Our research can help to shine a light on how dietary patterns can affect our cancer risk.”
The professor further added they have found strong link between Mediterranean diet and reduced oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women.
The study was funded by Dr. Panagiota Mitrou, director of research funding at the charity World Cancer Research Fund.
Dr Mitrou said, “With breast cancer being so common in the UK, prevention is key if we want to see a decrease in the number of women developing the disease.”
However, clinical director of the charity Breast Cancer Care, Emma Pennery, said prevention cannot be guaranteed by lifestyle and diets.
She added women should also know signs and symptoms of cancer.