Western Diet Related to Breast Cancer

Fri, 07 Jan 2011

Scientists have discovered that elevated fat and cholesterol levels found in a typical American-style diet play an important role in the growth and spread of breast cancer .

Researchers have recently examined the impact of fat and cholesterol in breast cancer on mice.

Mice that were given a Western diet were predisposed to developing mammary tumors, can develop bigger tumours which grow faster and spread more easily, in contrast to animals on a controlled diet.

The West has a five times higher rate of cancer than other developed countries.

The rate of breast cancer also increases when people move from areas with low rates of cancer to those with high rates of cancer.

All the above have led the researchers, based at Thomas Jefferson University to conclude that environmental influences are strongly associated with breast cancer development.
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