A study has shown that milk increases the risk of breast cancer by 80 percent.
A study funded by the National Cancer Institute and the World Cancer Research Foundation of the United Kingdom has raised alarm about milk consumption. In the study, researchers analyzed data from a cohort of more than 50,000 women over an eight-year period. During this period, women were asked to fill out questionnaires about their dietary habits.
Half of the women in the study followed a vegetarian diet and drank soy milk, while the rest drank regular milk.
The researchers adjusted for all factors affecting cancer risk, such as alcohol consumption, physical activity, hormones and reproductive history. “The experiment was started to determine the relationship between soy consumption and breast cancer,” explained Gary Fraser, lead author of the study. “At the same time, it became clear that we should make adjustments for dairy products,” the team failed to establish a link between soy and breast cancer, but the results showed that milk increases the risk of breast cancer. “Research has shown that daily consumption of milk, even in small amounts, can increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as 80 percent,” Dr. Fraser explained.
Cancer Research UK claims that the evidence that milk and dairy products cause breast cancer is contradictory.
“Some studies have shown that dairy products can increase the risk of breast cancer. While others have found that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer. We need more qualitative research to understand if there is a connection.”