Dr. Master on the Mediterranean Diet in Relation to Breast Cancer Risk

Aashini Master, DO
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018



Aashini Master, DO, assistant clinical professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, discusses the Mediterranean diet in relation to breast cancer risk.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, animal proteins sourced mainly from fish, and good fats derived from nuts. The diet is low in red meat and processed meats, which are components of a typical Western diet, says Master. Data have suggested that women who follow a Mediterranean diet have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer.

Another component of breast cancer risk is physical activity, says Master. Even in women who are not overweight, data have shown that physical activity is still beneficial. Although, it is especially important to incorporate physical activity, in addition to diet, into a treatment plan for overweight and obese women at risk for breast cancer.


Aashini Master, DO, assistant clinical professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, discusses the Mediterranean diet in relation to breast cancer risk.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, animal proteins sourced mainly from fish, and good fats derived from nuts. The diet is low in red meat and processed meats, which are components of a typical Western diet, says Master. Data have suggested that women who follow a Mediterranean diet have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer.

Another component of breast cancer risk is physical activity, says Master. Even in women who are not overweight, data have shown that physical activity is still beneficial. Although, it is especially important to incorporate physical activity, in addition to diet, into a treatment plan for overweight and obese women at risk for breast cancer.

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