We Drink It Daily, But Don’t Know That It Causes Breast Cancer

According to a research conducted by Kaiser Permanente, women diagnosed with early stage of breast cancer who consume full-fat dairy products have bigger chances of dying from breast cancer, rather than women who consume low-fat dairy products after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Furthermore, estrogen, the hormone, encourages the growth of breast cells as well as the growth of hormone-receptor-positive- breast cancer cells. Additionally, estrogen is produced and kept in fat cells. What’s more, experts consider that dairy products in the USA and other Western countries have a much higher level of estrogen and progesterone since the milk is mostly produced by pregnant cows. On the other hand, low-fat dairy products contain a lower amount of estrogen and progesterone due to the removed fat. These claims lead to the indication that low-fat dairy products might be more appropriate for women diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Moreover, the researchers wanted to find out whether the consumption of full-fat dairy products contributes to the risk of cancer reccurrence and the risk of death caused by it. For the purposes of the research, they included the following full-fat dairy products:

  • Pudding
  • Ice cream
  • Flan
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Butter
  • Whole milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Custard

The situation of the women was followed closely for 12 years. After the end of the research, the experts were able to deduce that women who ate one or several servings of full-fat dairy products had a 64% higher risk of dying from any cause and 49% higher risk of dying of breast cancer, in contrast to the women who ate less servings of full-fat dairy products, and women who consumed low-fat dairy products. However, although the research points to a connection between full-fat dairy products and negative cancer outcomes, it does not specifically point out that the first is the cause for the second. Hence, additional research must be conducted so that the relation between full-fat dairy products and breast cancer is further examined.

If you have been diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer, do everything in your power to decrease the potential risk for recurrence of the disease, and thus improve your chances for a healthier, cancer-free future by:

  • Avoiding processed foods and sugar
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Regularly taking prescribed medications for prevention of disease recurrence

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