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What if this very popular food triggers breast cancer in women?

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Even relatively moderate amounts of milk may increase the risk of breast cancer in women by as much as 80%, new research finds.

A new study by American researchers says that the consumption of cow’s milk could possibly increase the risk of breast cancer in women.

These results, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, reveal that even relatively small amounts of milk are capable of increasing the risk of breast cancer in women by up to 80%.

A team from the Loma Linda University Medical Center in the United States followed 52,795 women for almost eight years, none of whom had cancerous tumors at the start of the study.

“Moderate consumption, between a quarter and a third of a cup per day, was associated with a 30% increased risk of breast cancer. Drinking a cup a day increased the same risk by 50%. And for those who drank between two and three cups a day, the risk had further increased to between 70% and 80%,” the study found.

At the end of the follow-up period, 1,057 new cases of breast cancer were identified. On the other hand, no clear association was observed between the consumption of foods containing soy, cheese and yogurt and breast cancer.

Hormones pointed at

The researchers based themselves on several questionnaires concerning, among other things, the food intake of women, their physical activity, the family history of breast cancer, alcohol consumption or even the use of drugs.

The results of this study overlap with a recent report suggesting that vegans – but not lacto-ovo-vegetarians – have experienced less breast cancer than non-vegetarians.

The study indicates that cow’s milk could be linked to a risk of breast cancer because of the sex hormones present in animal milk, breast cancer in women being hormone-dependent cancer.

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