New Breast Cancer Concern
by Robert Cohen
There is a type
of breast cancer that was once considered to be extremely rare;
invasive lobular carcinoma. A new study, published in the current
issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 2003;
289:1421-4), reveals that rates of this breast cancer jumped from
9.5% of all breast cancers to 15.6% in just a 12-year period (from
1987 to 1999). This study was based upon the analyses of 190,000
cases of breast cancer.
While most breast
cancers are first detected as "lumps" through self examination,
this cancer is quite different. Invasive lobular carcinoma begins
inside of mammary ducts. A related commentary in the current issue
of the British Medical Journal reveals: "In the classic form
of this cancer, the tumor cells are arranged in single file or strands
infiltrating the breast stroma. So, unlike the more common type
of breast cancer that develops as lumps, this type grows as sheets
of cancerous cells, making it more difficult to detect by physical
examinations and mammography."
For every breast
cancer scientist, there seems to be a different theory. But there
is one thing with which all researchers agree: Breast cancer is
about hormones. Something triggers a series of yet-to-be understood
to cause this dangerously lethal trend. Why such an increase? What
event is affecting women differently in 1999 that was not affecting
them in 1987? For one thing, women have been eating increased levels
of concentrated dairy products thanks to the ever increasing effective
ad campaigns run by the dairy industry's marketing firms. Each bite
of cheese and serving of yogurt contains steroid hormones. In his
landmark book, Don't Drink Your Milk, Frank Oski, M.D. (once
the director of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital) wrote: "About
80 percent of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing
off hormones continuously. Progesterone breaks down into androgens..."
also produce hormones which instruct their own mammary tissues to
grow. It should be no surprise that progesterone, prolactin, oxytocin,
and estrogen affect humans who ingest bovine steroid hormones. In
1970, the average American consumed just ten pounds of cheese. By
1999, the average American was consuming 30 pounds of cheese. Ten
pounds of milk are required to produce one pound of cheese. Could
this be the missing link to understanding the dramatic increase
in the rate of invasive lobular carcinoma?
women are not supposed to be producing milk. Hormonal messages to
do so are contrary to a woman's physiology. The inappropriate presence
of lactation hormones may very well explain the emerging invasive
lobular carcinoma explosion among the ever increasing population
of baby boomers who are becoming post-menopausal.
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone was not approved until
1994, millions of pounds of milk from test herds entered America's
milk supply as early as 1989 in New York, Miami, and Pennsylvania.
Genetically engineered milk contains increased amounts of insulin-like
growth factor, the hormone identified as a key factor in the growth
of every type of breast cancer.
in the consumption of concentrated hormone-rich dairy products coupled
with America's first "Frankenfood" (genetically engineered
milk) may lead to the conclusion that "Got milk?" is responsible
for "Got Cancer."
For some studies
that show the link between dairy consumption and breast cancer,
please read this
For a better
understanding of how cow milk hormones can affect growth, please
read this page.
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