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Randomised controlled trial
The beneficial effect of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil in the primary prevention of breast cancer among women at high cardiovascular risk in the PREDIMED Trial
  1. Niki Mourouti,
  2. Demosthenes B Panagiotakos
  1. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Demosthenes B Panagiotakos, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University, 46 Paleon Polemiston St., Glyfada 16674, Greece; d.b.panagiotakos{at}usa.net

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Implications for practice and research

  • Adherence to a Mediterranean diet can be part of dietary recommendations concerning the prevention of breast cancer, since it is inexpensive and non-pharmacological.

  • There is a need for more large-scale prospective or randomised trials in order to confirm the beneficial effect of a Mediterranean diet on breast cancer incidence.

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Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in females worldwide;1 it belongs to a subgroup of cancers which have been linked to metabolic and some dietary factors. During recent years, several investigators in the field of nutritional epidemiology have …

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