Milk and Human Health

Milk and Human HealthRelated Article Feature: What's in your milk? Slideshow: From feed to bottle Milk: It's electric The cow whisperer Dairy economics: Milking blood from a stoneInfographic: What's in your milk? A selected list of hormones, growth factors and other substances found in an 8-ounce glass of milk. Prostate cancer The best evidence linking prostate cancer to milk consumption appears to be that for aggressive and fatal prostate cancers,

The-Scientist
Jan 31, 2007

Milk and Human Health




Prostate cancer

The best evidence linking prostate cancer to milk consumption appears to be that for aggressive and fatal prostate cancers, but not prostate cancer in general. The relative risk of such cancers in men who consume milk is 2-3 times that of the general population, whose absolute risk is about 2-3% of dying from the disease over a lifetime. The fact that calcium consumption seems more strongly linked to such cancers than milk itself suggests that calcium may play a specific role, says Edward Giovannucci, who has studied milk consumption and prostate cancer.

Breast cancer

Scientists had hypothesized...