Reduce breast cancer!
Women are always worrying about ways to reduce breast cancer as each year more than 55,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, 30% of whom have ER-negative cancers. Around 11,400 women die from breast cancer in the UK every year. Did you know a simple change in your diet can reduce the risks by up to 40%? A study has found that a Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer. This diet is simple and easy to follow, it includes high intakes of plant-based proteins such as nuts, lentils and beans, whole grains, fish and “healthy” monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. Reducing your consumption of refined grain foods such as white rice, white bread, sweets and red meat.
Professor Piet van den Brandt, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, who led the study published in the International Journal of Cancer, said: “Our research can help to shine a light on how dietary patterns can affect our cancer risk.” Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they ate and how to reduce breast cancer risks. Those that did stick to the diet that is rich in plant protein, fish and olive oil were 40% less likely to develop ER-negative breast cancer compared to the ones that didn’t stick completely to the diet. This is a form of the disease which is not stimulated by the hormone oestrogen, it is more difficult to treat and is proven fatal.
New founding’s show a strong link between the Mediterranean diet and reduced oestrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women, even in a non-Mediterranean population. This type of breast cancer usually has a worse prognosis than other types of breast cancer. Alcohol is normally part of the Mediterranean diet, however, it was excluded from the diet as it is known to cause breast cancer. Studies of previous findings have shown that almost 12,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented in the UK each year if alcohol consumption ceased. Director of the research explains the importance of the study and how a dietary pattern like the Mediterranean diet could help to reduce breast cancer risks. As breast cancer is so common in the UK, preventing nd finding new ways to tackle this disease and decrease its development. To everyone’s amazement finding out that a Mediterranean diet could e the answer to cutting the risk of a certain type of breast cancer by up to 40% is astonishing.