The research was presented during an international conference about cancer in American Society of Clinic Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, where it was confirmed that assuming a rich mediterranean diet with fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil is very healthy and can help to prevent breast cancer, and on top of that it’s delicious. An investigation conducted in Italy compared the results of 307 women that received early treatment for breast cancer.
The first group, 199 women consumed a mediterranean diet that consisted in 4 portions of vegetables, 3 fruits, 1 portion of rice each day and 4 or 5 portions of fish and some kind of processed red meat with plenty of olive oil. They were also allowed to have one alcoholic drink a day. The second group of 108 women had a regular diet although they could follow the guidance of a dietician. The researchers of the Hospital of Piacenza, Italia, noticed that after 3 years, 11 women that belonged to the second group suffered a relapse of breast cancer, not even one woman of the first group relapsed.
Risk factors of breast cancer
There are known risk factors of breast cancer like for instance if the person has an active lifestyle or not or if he’s overweight however nowadays there is an increasing interest in determining the right diet to prevent this disease. The Dr. Erica Mayer, an expert in breast cancer of the A.S.C.O. a teacher at the Harvard School of Medicine and the director of clinical investigation in the Cancer institute states that the research is in a small scale and has limitation, however lays out issues of great interest, she suggests that the intervention to change the lifestyle of cancer survivors is extremely important.
However not all the researches tell us the same
Nevertheless the researches realized up to now have conflictive results since it’s not so clear if it’s been possible to determinate a diet to prevent cancer or a specific food to avoid. With regards to physical exercise it is very beneficial since it helps to prevent cancer, the Professor Arnie Purushotham, Clinic associate of the cancer investigation of Great Britain, stated that the preliminary results of this small research suggests that a rich Mediterranean Diet could help to reduce breast cancer but that they needed much longer than 3 years in order to confirm the impact of the diet in women and a more extended research to understand the reason behind the outcome of the research.
Delyth Morgan, chief executive director of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s Largest breast cancer charity stated that this research it’s to be added to the increasing number of interesting debates on how life’s factors can influence breast cancer and that it’s a shame that we still don’t have enough scientific evidence to show the link between food and cancer. At the moment we can only wait the results of the long term research before suggesting specific diets to patients.
But one thing is certain, a varied diet and balanced together with physical exercise is really good for health and wellbeing of every individual.
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