Mediterranean diet can reduce breast cancer risk

During the follow-up period, women with breast cancer who consumed isoflavones in large amounts were 21 percent less likely to die than their counterparts who consumed small amounts.

The same analysis was conducted based on early adulthood diet, and researchers determined that those in the highest inflammatory score group had a 41% higher risk for premenopausal breast cancer relative to those in the lowest-score group. In addition, the study asked women to recall the diets they ate in high school, and some people may not have remembered their diets very well, which could affect the results, the researchers said.

Dr. Panagiota Mitrou, director of research funding at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: "This important study showed that following a dietary pattern like the Mediterranean diet could help reduce breast cancer risk - particularly the subtype with a poorer prognosis".

Those who adhered most closely to a Mediterranean diet showed more resistance to the development of ER-negative breast cancer than women who adopted the diet the least.

A popular diet could actually limit your risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer, a recent study found.

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The study was published today (March 1) in the journal Cancer Research. They are found to slow down the advance of an aggressive form of the disease, called hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.

This drop in the mortality risk was noticed only in women who had hormone receptor-negative cancer and women who had not been taking anti-estrogen therapy such as tamoxifen. "Especially for women with hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer, soy food products may potentially have a beneficial effect and increase survival". "Women who did not receive endocrine therapy as a treatment for their breast cancer had a weaker, but still statistically significant, association". Consuming these foods has been linked to higher levels of markers of inflammation in the body, Michels said.

"Our findings suggest that survival may be better in patients with a higher consumption of isoflavones", Dr. John adds.

This work was supported by an award from National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (CA164920). They discovered that soy is not only good for breast cancer survivors, but it can act as protection against the disease. The school's eight degree programs - which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics - are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and worldwide policy.

  • Marjorie Miles