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November 28, 2010

I recently found this article on my friend’s facebook page.

WHY WOMEN IN CHINA DO NOT GET BREAST CANCER

I’ve yet to do the research on this one.

Thoughts?  Bunk or not?

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Updated: December 2, 2010

I had a difficult time sifting through the internet “muck” in order to get to “real” information.  There are few independent studies made on the topic.  Most of the so-called “research” are biased and funded by either side.  Information available from either side claims to be from independent research but provides no link to said study.  One can only conclude that the results have been cherry-picked to satisfy one side of the argument.

The one good study I found is from the Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway

The part of the discussion that addresses the question at hand is as follows:

The contradicting results may indicate that any association between milk consumption and breast cancer is not a strong one. Still, one has to remember the methodological weaknesses of dietary assessment methods. A variety of dietary methods have been applied, and we do not know how valid many of them are (including our own). The distribution of milk consumption varies greatly between the study samples, and the definition of reference group differs accordingly. Also, the possibility of sufficient adjustment for potential confounders varies between the studies.”

I don’t need to paraphrase the above paragraph.   Though there is an indicated result, the study does beg for more studies on this topic.

Much thanks to Josebelo Chong M.D. for clearing a path through the muck.

Prof. Jane Plant, PhD, CBE
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