Should You Add Cheese to Your Cancer Panic List?

by birtanpublished on September 10, 2020

On October 3rd the Physicians Committee for Responsible medicine submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration asking that cheese manufacturers be required to display a cancer warning on all dairy cheese products so should you add cheese to

Your cancer panic list this is healthcare triage news of course the answer is no if you have a cancer panic list keep the cigarettes and tanning beds on there and move the cheese to the list of delicious things you like to eat

The press release announcing this anti Cheese petition points to a study reporting a 49% increase in breast cancer mortality among women diagnosed with breast cancer who reported eating one or more daily servings of high-fat

Dairy products is anyone relatively certain that those aren't the absolute risks one study was published in 2013 and examined dairy intake in women following diagnosis with early stage and face of breast cancer while it

Reported no association between overall dairy intake and health outcomes it found the consumption of high-fat dairy was positively correlated with breast cancer mortality it also reported a positive correlation between this type

Of dairy and overall mortality including non breast cancer mortality but no significant correlation with breast cancer recurrence so make of that what you will while I cover the usual complaints diet was assessed once at

Baseline and then once again six years later tell me honestly if I asked you right now to give me a list of your dairy intake for the last six years including specific serving sizes categorized by fat content how

Accurate do you think that list would be and beyond that anecdote we actually have data on how terribly unreliable memories are they simply don't line up with reality that often this makes self reports especially over

Long periods of time pretty terrible generators of reliable data I mean I remember being at acquitted basketball at summer camp for many years but my brother assures me that was absolutely not the case also the number of

Variables that needed to be controlled for in this study are the usual amount of ridiculousness in a study wasn't designed to answer a specific question we've got education level smoking status menopausal status body

Mass index physical activity levels disease severity type of treatment intake of other foods and nutrients including red meat fruit and fiber alcohol the list goes on as we've said before statistical testing simply

Doesn't stretch enough to account for this number of variables without a huge likelihood that the results can be simply noise that's why it's so important to have a previously determined hypothesis around which you

Can create an experiment that controls for as many as these variables as possible from the beginning but I digress another study published in 2017 reported a marginally significant increase in breast cancer risk

Associated with higher intake of American cheddar and cream cheeses but not low-fat choices it also found a significant reduction in breast cancer associated with higher intake of yogurt and sweet dairy like ice cream in

Addition it highlighted in the abstract that overall dairy intake was associated with 15% reduction in breast cancer which is in contrast in a study we just discussed but it's hard to compare given that this reduction wasn't even

Statistically significant and of course the usual complaints about food surveys and statistical variable supply I know we've been on a nutritional study kick lately but it's hard not to be when studies like this are trending online

Few articles delve into the details and few readers have the time to do it themselves this leads people to make food choices they wouldn't otherwise make based on faulty headlines derived from shaky studies if cheese is your

Thing we just want you to be able to enjoy it until there's a solid reason not to and if that day comes we'll be the first to admit it of course moderation still applies but you know that hey did you enjoy this

Episode you might enjoy this other episode on breast cancer and birth control also we'd like to ask you to consider supporting the show by going to patreon.com slash healthcare triage our research associate jos evans does and

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