Consumption of dairy products continues to show a risk for prostate cancer, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. As part of the Adventist Health Study-2, researchers looked at data from 28,737 men and found that as dairy product consumption rose, so did the risk for prostate cancer. However, the risk was not seen with nondairy sources of calcium. This study adds to the already large number of studies showing increased prostate cancer risk associated with dairy consumption. A 2016 meta-analysis of 11 different studies showed that men consuming the most milk products had a 43% higher risk of dying of prostate cancer, compared with men who generally avoided dairy products.
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