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A new study is claiming that women that drink cows milk could increase their risk of breast cancer by up to 80%, compared to women who drink soy milk. The study was commissioned by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the World Cancer Research Fund.

Over 52,000 women were studied over seven years, including participants from the Adventist Health Study. Adventists follow vegetarian diets and consume higher amounts of soy compared to standard diets. By the end of the study, 1,057 participants had breast cancer.

Women who reported drinking at least 8 ounces a day of milk increased their risk of breast cancer by 50%, while those who consumed two to three glasses increased their risk 80%, in comparison to those that didn’t drink cows milk. The study clarifies that a woman who drinks one cup of cows milk a day increases her individual risk of breast cancer by 50%.

A woman has an inherent 12% risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime, this study found that milk increases that by 50%. Women who did not drink cows milk, but drank soy milk, did not have the same increased risk.

Read more about cancer and dairy in One Green Planet, including the doctors asking the FDA to include a breast cancer warning label on cheese and dairy consumption and prostate cancer. 

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