Animal fats in diet one cause of breast cancer

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Animal fats in diet one cause of breast cancer

The healthiest diets avoid animal products completely...Excess fats in the diet are always troublesome, whether they come from plants or animals, and whether they are used in the kitchen or baked into store-bought items. But animal fats are especially harmful. Studies in the United States, France, Italy, and Sweden compared the diets of eleven hundred women with breast cancer to diets of women without breast cancer and found that those with breast cancer had been eating much more fat, particularly animal fat. Research conducted in Canada found that a high intake of animal fats doubles cancer risk. Similarly, studies in Argentina and Italy showed that high intakes of animal fats triple the likelihood of developing cancer. It seems that no matter what the genetic makeup, human bodies are hard pressed to withstand such a diet. Other hormone-related cancers--those of the uterus, ovary, and prostate--are also more likely with diets that are high in fat, especially animal fat, because estrogen and other hormones drive these cancers in similar ways.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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