Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of breast cancer form, survey says

( CNN) A analyse published in the International Journal of Cancer on Monday suggests that the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer, a postmenopausal sort of the disease with a poor prognosis.

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 survey. During such studies, 3,354 participants developed breast cancer. After omitting examples based on a history of cancer or incomplete dietary data, research investigated 2,321 breast cancer cases.

The researchers found that post-menopausal estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer was 40% less prevalent in the individuals who adhered closely to the Mediterranean diet.