REDUCING CANCER RISK THROUGH DIET
Meat and Cancer:
A higher intake of meat, including poultry and fish, is associated with a significantly higher breast cancer incidence rate. For each 3-ounce serving eaten per day, risk rises by about 30%. (European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2008. 17:39-47).
Dairy and Cancer:
Statistics show that death rates due to breast cancer are considerably higher in regions with a high dairy consumption. (British Journal of Cancer 24, 633-43).
Every glass of milk a woman consumes on average each day raises her risk of dying from ovarian cancer by 20%. (International Journal of Cancer, 80,5:1353-1357).
Perhaps Most Disturbing of all:
Children who consume a diet which includes 2 or more cups of milk a day have almost three times the risk of developing colo-rectal cancer in adulthood compared with children who consume less than ½ a cup per day. This study was conducted over a period of sixty-five years. These findings held true even after researchers adjusted for differences in meat, fruit and vegetable intake, as well as socio-economic status. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007, 86:1722-1729)
Some of the links to cancer are attributed to growth hormones (meant to grow small calves into large cows in less than a year) that occur naturally in animal milks and the meat of young animals. These growth hormones are proteins, so they are still present even in low fat dairy products and flesh foods. Some other cancer links are to other proteins such as casein, and to lactose and galactose, the sugars in milk. Remember: It takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
What about organic:
Organic animal products (beef, poultry, dairy) contain only slightly less of the growth hormones that are naturally in these products. No study has shown that using organic rather than conventional animal products lessens cancer risk. Better choices are meatless burgers and plant-based milks (soy, rice, almond, etc.) Organic fruits, vegetables and grains do show better nutritional value and less pesticide residues.
Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables - especially greens - and getting protein from beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains rather than animal products - lowers cancer and heart disease risk as well - the two leading causes of death in America - and those greens provide even more calcium than milk on a nutrient per calorie basis.
For more information see www.pcrm.org (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).