Milk Connection to Cancer

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In 1977 Dr. Frank Oski – at the time Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center- published a small book titled, “Don’t Drink Your Milk.”  Researchers at that time reported that men who ingested more than 2 ½ servings of dairy products daily had a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer.

In it, Dr. Oski reviewed all the reasons why cow’s milk is good for little cows but is not at all good for either little (or bigger) people.

Research continues to confirm and add to the evidence about which Dr Oski wrote.  One of the very latest (2013) is from researchers at UCLA, which confirms the findings published in 2001:  More milk, more prostate cancer.

Skim/low-fat milk intake was positively associated with risk of low-grade, early stage, and screen-detected cancers, whereas whole milk intake was associated only with fatal prostate cancer.

For women more cow’s milk means higher ovarian cancer risk.    For further information on the go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Display  and enter “milk” and “ovarian cancer”.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD