High-Fat Dairy Foods Increase Breast Cancer Death Risk
May 13, 2013 by Robert Wascher
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A new study finds that consumption of high-fat dairy foods increases the risk of death in women diagnosed with breast cancer.
HIGH-FAT DAIRY FOODS INCREASE BREAST CANCER DEATH RISK
Dairy products are important sources of protein, calcium, and vitamin D, all of which are important to good health. However, many dairy products are rich in fat. While obesity has been firmly documented to increase breast cancer risk, and breast cancer recurrence risk, the data linking dietary fat intake and breast cancer recurrence has been less compelling. Now, a new clinical study, which appears in the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, strongly suggests that the consumption of high-fat dairy products appears to increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence, as well as the risk of death due to recurrent breast cancer.
This study evaluated 1,893 women who were initially diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The diets of these women were then carefully evaluated and tracked following their initial breast cancer diagnosis. During an average of 12 years of follow-up, 189 of these women died from recurrent breast cancer.
The findings of this study are significant, in that they appear to substantially link the consumption of high-fat dairy products with an increased risk of death due to recurrent breast cancer. The women who consumed from one-half to just less than one serving of high-fat dairy products per day experienced a 20 percent increase in the risk of death due to recurrent breast cancer (compared to women who consumed less than one-half serving per day), while the women who consumed one or more servings of high-fat dairy products per day were 49 percent more likely to die from recurrent breast cancer! Moreover, the risk of death due to causes other than breast cancer was also increased among the women who frequently consumed high-fat dairy products.
The findings of this study indicate that it is generally safe for breast cancer survivors to consume low-fat dairy products.However, based upon the findings of this important clinical research study, consuming one-half or more servings of high-fat dairy products per day, on average, may be associated with a significantly increased risk of dying from recurrent breast cancer in women previously diagnosed with this form of cancer.
Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, it is important to avoid those lifestyle and dietary factors that may increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence. For more research-based information on this important topic, please read the extended chapter on breast cancer in my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race.
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