Two or More Daily Glasses of Milk May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risks
Asked if countries with a high consumption of dairy products have higher
ovarian cancer rates, Fairfield says "they do, and the reverse is true as
well: Low consumption of dairy products correlates to low rates of ovarian
This report, discussed at a meeting of the Society of General Internal
Medicine here, follows another one last month by a different team of Harvard
researchers who have been studying physicians. Scientists from the Physician's
Health Study said that men who consumed more than 2.5 servings of dairy
products daily had a slight increase in risk of prostate cancer. That study was
presented by June M. Chan, ScD, a colleague of Fairfield.
Asked by WebMD about the common theme, Fairfield says: "It is true that
there seems to be something happening with dairy products, but that study
suggests a role for calcium. That is not our finding with ovarian
- New research shows that women who drink two or more glasses of milk per day
may have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
- Researchers suggest it's not the fat or the calcium, but the lactose, which
breaks down in the body into glucose and galactose, that may be responsible for
the increased risk.
- It is not clear how these study results will affect dietary
recommendations, as women are now advised to consume dairy products to prevent