New studies have shown that some women are more likely to come down with breast cancer later in life if they were big dairy milk drinkers earlier. Shockingly, the rate of breast cancer increased up to 80 percent. Isn’t that ironic? The very organ that produces milk can be destroyed by it! Still, readers should understand that one study doesn’t result in definitive conclusions. Additional science is required.
The study was conducted by the Loma Linda University of Health.
Lead author Gary E. Fraser said, “Consuming as little as ¼ to ⅓ cup of dairy milk per day was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer of 30 percent. By drinking up to one cup per day, the associated risk went up to 50 percent, and for those drinking two to three cups per day, the risk increased further to 70 percent to 80 percent.”
That means even a small amount of dairy consumption can wreak havoc on the body, if the conclusions of the study are proved true. Fraser said there is “fairly strong evidence that either dairy milk or some other factor closely related to drinking dairy milk is a cause of breast cancer in women.”
That means that drinking dairy is not necessarily the direct cause. For example, milk drinkers might be more inclined toward other types of foods or activities that could be the actual link to cancer.
Although the United States Dietary guidelines recommend that adults drink around three cups of milk each day, this study urges milk drinkers to air on the side of caution. It’s also worth noting that dairy is no longer on the food pyramid, which has changed. Dairy was not originally going to be placed on the pyramid at all but for the lobbyists who spent millions putting it there.
The study included dietary information on 53,000 North American women over a period of eight years. All these women were cancer-free at the beginning of the study. At the end of the eight-year period, 1,057 cancer cases developed.
Fraser said, “Dairy foods, especially milk, were associated with increased risk, and the data predicted a marked reduction in risk associated with substituting soymilk for dairy milk. This raises the possibility that dairy-alternate milks may be an optimal choice.”
When asked why milk might increase the risk of breast cancer, Fraser said that there is a sex hormone present in dairy milk because of when cows are normally milked and cancer responds to hormones. “Dairy milk does have some positive nutritional qualities,” he said. “But these need to be balanced against other possible, less helpful effects. This work suggests the urgent need for further research.”