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Study Claims Dairy Milk Associated With Risk Of Breast Cancer; Dairy Industry Says Findings Mislead

February 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
New research from scientists at Loma Lind University in California claims that women who drink even one cup of dairy milk a day could increase their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 50 percent. The study also claims that women who consumed soy in high quantities also had a high risk of breast cancer. The sex hormone content of the milk could be blamed for the rise in the risk of cancer by drinking it, said lead author Gary Fraser, who also said the observational study provides “fairly strong evidence” that dairy milk or “some factor closely related to drinking dairy” is “a cause of breast cancer in women.” But the Dairy Farmers of Canada said “the findings of this research study could be misleading.” It pointed to offsetting studies from the World Cancer Research Fund International and the International Dairy Federation (IDF), as well as a 2016 study showing that the risk of breast cancer decreased by four percent with skim milk intake.[Image Credit: © Imo Flow from Pixabay]
Katy Askew , "Dairy milk 'associated with breast cancer risk': study", Food Navigator , February 25, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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