Breast cancer is a serious risk every woman faces and we try to do everything we can do lower that risk and avoid this life-threatening disease. However, sometimes unknowingly we harm our own health and we increase the chances of developing breast cancer, among other diseases.
There are many known cancer causes including radiation, carcinogens, hormones and also genetic factor. While we cannot change the genetic factor, live a healthy life style is something we can do to prevent cancer. But do you aware that there is something you consume in your daily that can increase the risk of you having cancer?
According to a study conducted by a team of researchers at Kaiser Permanente women diagnosed with breast cancer who consumed a diet rich in full-fat dairy have an increased risk of dying compared to women diagnosed with breast cancer but consuming a diet rich in low-fat dairy.
The growth of breast cell and hormone-receptor- positive breast cancer is caused by the hormone estrogen. It is produced and stored in fat cells. Many experts say that dairy products sold in the USA and other Western countries have increased estrogen and progesterone amount in their structure because the milk is sometimes made by pregnant cows. Logically, low-fat dairy products have less estrogen and progesterone levels because most of the fat has been removed.
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer should therefore consume dairy products of plant origin, particularly in cases with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
Experts wanted to find out if consuming products made from whole milk increased the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence, and the possibility of dying. The following products in whole milk were included in the study:
– Whole milk
– Condensed milk, sweetened or not
– Ice cream
To see how those products associated with breast cancer, the participants were observed for 12 years. The result of the study was quite shocking. It shows that people who consume high-fat dairy product daily has 64% higher chance of dying from any cause and 49% higher chance of dying from breast cancer than those who consume low-fat product or lower amount of high-fat product.
The research shows a connection between full-fat dairy products and fatal breast cancer outcomes, but it doesn’t prove the direct connection in which the first leads to the second. So, many more researches are needed on the possible connection between full-fat dairy products and breast cancer.
In general, one should pay attention to the cow’s milk consumption. Women diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage should pay more attention to reduce the risk of disease recurrence and increase their chance of survival by following the tips below:
– Balanced diet without sugar or industrial food
– No alcohol
– To maintain stable weight
– Regular practice of a sport
– To stop smoking
– Regular intake of all medications prescribed to decrease the risk of recurrence
– Healthy lifestyle