What women should know

As diet plays an important role in cancer therapy, there are many studies on this topic published every year. One of the latest followed women who were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for over ten years and investigated how their diet, and dairy-intake in particular, influenced their recovery or the recurrence of cancer. The researchers discovered that regular consumption of high-fat dairy products decreased the likelihood of recovery and increased the risk of cancer recurrence. High-fat dairy products include cheese, butter, whole milk, many dairy-based desserts and yoghurts. The reason why high-fat dairy products had stronger influence than low-fat is due to the fact that high-fat products naturally contain more hormones and breast cancer is often very hormone sensitive. However, all dairy products contain naturally occurring hormones. The study authors recommended breast cancer patients to switch to plant-based milks.

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Kroenke, C.H., et al., 2013. High- and Low-Fat Dairy Intake, Recurrence, and Mortality After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 105 (9) 616-623.