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Cancer and the Vegetarian Diet
by William Harris, M.D.
December 21, 1999

E. Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer also appears related to animal food consumption (28). Animal source Calorie intake showed the highest positive correlation (R=.81, p<.007). Plant source Calories were protective, with an R value of -.62 and p<.005. Animal source calcium intake was also a risk, with an R value of .72, p=.0005.

This latter finding is consistent with the hypothesis that consumption of milk lactose may be a dietary risk factor for ovarian cancer in women with a an inherited deficiency of the enzyme galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase. (29). Additionally, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) present in both cow and human milk, is elevated in the cystic fluid of ovarian cancer (30). A study from Canada (31) implicated saturated fat and egg cholesterol consumption as risk factors for ovarian cancer, with reduced risk from vegetable fiber consumption.

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