Warning Label on Dairy Products Tied With Breast Cancer

October stands as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and physician members of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine want to draw an alarm signal regarding the consumption of a widespread food. They state it should contain a special label as it raises monthly risks. Read below. 

The doctors requested the Food and Drug Administration to apply a label on cheese products, as it is associated with the formation of breast cancer for many years. 

The label would contain: 

Dairy cheese contains reproductive hormones that may increase breast cancer mortality risk.

On October 3, 2019 the non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. asked the cheese manufacturers to add a warning label on every dairy cheese product in order to inform the consumers of the risks to which they expose themselves. The association has the interest to prevent diseases and promote healthy diets. 

Why Specialists Say Excessive Dairy Consumption Increases Mortality? 

The main culprit in this association has the hormone Oestrogen – a hormone present in cow milk – which was associated with this disease for many years. In a 2013 study, researchers outlined that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer had 49% increased odds if they consumed one or two times per day a high-fat dairy meal. A second study led in 2017 outlined the high mortality caused by diets rich in dairy products.  

The Centre for Disease Control estimates that 41, 487 women died in 2016 due to breast cancer in the United States, making the disease one of the biggest health concerns across the country. 

The pink ribbon – the symbol of breast cancer – enters the petition requests. Neal Barnard, the Physicians Committee President and author of the book The Cheese Trap, stated many cheese manufacturers choose to place a pink ribbon on dairy products instead of a warning label, which is not enough to raise awareness. 

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