Milk Consumption and Breast Cancer Risk

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND

This research was based on data from the Adventist Health Study-2 which looked at the diet and health among Seventh-Day Adventists in North America.  The data suggests that milk raises breast cancer risk and the more you drink, the higher the risk may be.

“Consuming as little as 1/4 to 1/3 cup of dairy milk per day was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer of 30%,” first author Gary E. Fraser, MBChB, PhD, said in a press statement. Fraser is affiliated with the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, California.

“By drinking up to 1 cup per day, the associated risk went up to 50%, and for those drinking 2 to 3 cups per day, the risk increased further to 70% to 80%,” he added.

Because this study was an observational type, this data wasn’t considered definitive enough to warrant a change to current guidelines.

The findings were published February 25 in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

New Study Suggests Milk Could Increase Breast Cancer Risk – Medscape – Feb 28, 2020.