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Drinking Milk Is Linked to Cancer in Women: Study

The well-known drink that increases the risk of cancer in women by up to 80%

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Evidence from a recent scientific study shows that consuming even one cup of milk a day can increase the risk of cancer – up to 80%

Milk consumption is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer in women, argues a new study conducted by researchers at the US Loma Linda University in California, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

According to the study, even relatively moderate amounts of milk can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by up to 80%, depending on the amount consumed.

As the first author, Gary E. Fraser, “this observational study provides strong enough evidence that milk or any other factor closely related to its consumption is the cause of breast cancer in women’.

Data show that the consumption of a small amount of milk of 1/4 or 1/3 cup of milk per day is associated with a 30% increased risk. For one cup of milk a day, the relative risk increases to 50%, while for those who consume two to three cups a day the risk is increased to 80%.

The study evaluated the dietary intake of nearly 53,000 American women, who were perfectly healthy at baseline and were monitored for almost eight years. 

At the end of the study period, 1,057 new cases of breast cancer were recorded, although no clear correlations were found between soy products and cancer, regardless of dairy products.

However, when compared to low or zero milk consumption, increased calorie intake from milk and dairy products was associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, regardless of soy intake. 

Dr. Fraser noted that the results had little variation when compared to the intake of whole or reduced low-calorie milk, while no significant correlation was found with cheese and yogurt.

“What is certain is that dairy products and in particular milk were associated with an increased risk and the data predicted a significant reduction in risk, which related to the substitution of milk with soya milk. This phenomenon increases the possibility that alternative milk products are the best choice,” adds the expert.

Finally, scientists say that possible reasons explaining the associations between breast cancer and milk may be the content of these products in Hormones.

Breast cancer in women is often hormone-dependent and intake of dairy and other animal proteins is associated in some reports with higher levels of a hormone in the blood called insulin-forming growth factor-1 (IGF-1) that is thought to promote certain types of cancer.

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