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From: Jack in OH (
Subject: Re: Cow's milk consumption and breast cancer
Date: November 22, 2004 at 4:06 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Cow's milk consumption and breast cancer posted by veganchef on November 20, 2004 at 11:02 pm:

rBgh is not entirely to blame for the problem. Scientists believe that blood levels of the hormone IGF-1 is one of the major cancer promoters, and maybe initiators. Milk from non-treated cow's contains large amounts of IGF-1, and according to some, a certain amount of it makes it into our blood streams. So although the milk from rBgh treated cow's does contain more IGF-1, it contains other items that may also be causing a problem. Below is a link to the Vegan Society's analysis of this problem.
But there was a very large study that showed no, or very little connection between the consumption of cow's milk by adult women, and their risk of contracting breast cancer. The key there was "adult women". Current thinking is that young girls who are growing quickly, and who drink cow's milk, are setting themselves up for breast cancer later in life. The damage is apparantly done when their cells are dividing rapidly.
As for adult women drinking milk to avoid osteoporosis and broken bones, the Harvard Nurses Study found that those drinking the most milk had the most fractures. So why drink milk?

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