Here’s what a group of doctors want you to know about the risk of eating cheese

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  • A group composed of 12,000 doctors want the Food and Drug Administration to require cheese manufacturers to put out labels on their products
  • They said that cheese, made from cow’s milk, has hormones that are linked to cancer risks
  • The group also cited other studies that support their claim

A non-profit organization composed of 12,000 doctors petitioned that the Food and Drug Administration require manufacturers of cheese to put warning labels on their products that say that they may increase risk of mortality due to breast cancer.

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In a news release, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) said that dairy products have traces of estrogens from cows. When their milk is turned into cheese, estrogen becomes more concentrated.

“While they are only traces, they appear to be biologically active in humans, increasing breast cancer m0rtality,” PCRM said.

The group also cited previous studies that support their claim. One is the Life After Cancer Epidemiology study that discovered that among women who were diagnosed with breast cancer, those who consumed one or more servings of high-fat dairy products regularly had 49 percent greater risk of breast cancer m0rtality compared to those who eat less than half serving daily.

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Another study funded by the National Cancer Institute in 2017 looked into the diet of women with breast cancer and those without. They concluded that those who consumed the most American, cheddar, or cream cheese have a 53 percent increased risk to develop the dreaded big C..

The Centers for Disease Control says that breast cancer is one of the most common causes of death in women.

“To ensure that Americans understand the potential significant risks, and resulting long-term costs, of consuming dairy cheese products, the FDA should ensure that the notice is prominently placed on product packaging and labeling for all dairy cheese products,” the group said.

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