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  2. May 10, 2022

Dairy Consumption Increases Risk for Cancer

Dairy consumption increases the risk for cancer, according to a study published in BMC Medicine. Researchers compared dairy consumption and cancer risk for over half a million participants in China for 11 years. For every 50 grams (less than a 1/4 cup) of milk and other dairy products consumed per day, overall, liver, and female breast cancer risk increased by 7%, 12%, and 17%, respectively. As more people in China drink milk regularly, intake of saturated fat and hormones associated with cancer development also increase.


Kakkoura MG, Du H, Guo Y, et al. Dairy consumption and risks of total and site‑specific cancers in Chinese adults: an 11‑year prospective study of 0.5 million people. BMC Med. 2022;20(1):134-147. doi:10.1186/s12916-022-02330-3

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