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Dec 15, 2005

Diary Products Prevent Breast Cancer

Diary Products Prevent Breast Cancer
Consumption of low-fat dairy products may reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, as per a new study by the American Cancer Society study, which is published in the latest issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Researchers reviewed data from more than 68,000 women to come to this conclusion. The found that those who consumed at least two servings of mostly low-fat dairy products a day had up to a 20 percent less risk of postmenopausal breast cancer than women who ate the least amount of dairy products.

"Our findings suggest that dairy products, composed mainly of low-fat sources, or some component within these foods are associated with a small but significantly lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women," study leader Marji McCullough, a senior epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society, said in a prepared statement.

"Work is still needed to more clearly identify what may be the responsible factors. And while we controlled to the best of our ability for other possible explanations, it's certainly possible women who consume low-fat dairy products have other health-related behaviors that could also lower the risk," McCullough said.

She also cautioned women to be careful about how they interpret the study's findings.

"It is important to keep in mind that some dairy products, like whole milk and many types of cheese, have a lot of saturated fat, which we know can increase the risk of heart disease and possibly other cancers. Also, many diary products have growth factors such as insulin-like growth factor I, which have been shown to promote breast cancer cell growth," McCullough said.

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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

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