A study published by the International Journal of Cancer indicated that certain Mediterranean foods might diminish your risks of contracting cancer. The study, which was conducted in the Netherlands, followed 62,573 women ages 55 to 69 who tracked their diets for more than 20 years starting in 1986 as part of a cohort study. During the study, 3,354 participants developed breast cancer. After excluding cases based on a history of cancer or incomplete dietary data, research analyzed 2,321 breast cancer cases.
Researchers found that those who consumed a Mediterranean diet had a 40% lower risk of contracting the disease. Such a diet may include plant-based foods, such as fruits, legumes, unrefined grains and olive oil, as well as fish. Traditionally, the diet allows for small amounts of wine consumption, but because there is a known link between alcohol and breast cancer, it was excluded from this study.
In the past, research has shown the Mediterranean diet is a key to longer lives, stronger bones and lower risk of cardiovascular disease and even other cancer.
More than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the US. “Prevention studies are very important in potentially reducing the number of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in the US annually”, says Dr. Sandhya Pruthi.