Scientists find a soup of suspects while probing milk’s link to cancer

Latest studies focus on estrogens, androgens and IGF-1

By Janet Raloff, 15:23 PM March 12, 2009

Got milk? Adults who answer yes may face a slightly heightened risk of cancer. Some emerging data may help scientists figure out why.

For more than a century, people thought that any beverage safe enough to serve to a weaning child couldn’t hurt an adult. But test-tube studies and studies in adults over the past decade have linked cow’s milk with an excess cancer risk in the prostate, and to a lesser extent in the breast and ovaries, notes oncologist Michael Pollak of McGill University in M...

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