In a study conducted by the American consortium Kaiser Permanente researchers have shown that women with breast cancer who consumed whole milk products after their diagnosis faced increase mortality risk in comparison to patients consuming vegetable milk (almond milk for example).
The development of breast cells is triggered by a hormone, estrogen. Estrogen is produced and stored in fat cells.
Most experts say that dairy products sold in the United States and Europe contain more estrogen and progesterone because sometimes the milk comes from pregnant cows. It is ideal to consume plant-derived milk such as almond milk, oat milk or rice milk. The plant milks are a great alternative to animal milks.
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer should therefore consume dairy products of plant origin, particularly in cases with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
Experts wanted to find out if consuming products made from whole milk increased the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence, and the possibility of dying. The following products in whole milk were included in the study:
- Whole milk
- Condensed milk, sweetened or not
- Ice cream
Women covered by the study were followed for 12 years.
According to the researchers, patients who ate a product or more with whole milk per day increased their risk of dying by 34% from any factor and by 49% of those dying from breast cancer compared with those of the other group, who ate few products from whole milk.
The study shows a link between products with whole milk and a fatal outcome in breast cancer, but it does not prove a direct link between the first and second point. However, another study, conducted by a team of Norwegian researchers has demonstrated the link between milk consumption and breast cancer development. This research has in fact shown that the women who drank at least three glasses of milk a day were three times more likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who drank a one cup or no milk at all.
In general, one should pay attention to the cow’s milk consumption. Women diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage should pay more attention to reduce the risk of disease recurrence and increase their chance of survival by following the tips below:
- Balanced diet without sugar or industrial food
- No alcohol
- To maintain stable weight
- Regular practice of a sport
- To stop smoking
- Regular intake of all medications prescribed to decrease the risk of recurrence
- Healthy lifestyle