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Fitness Investigates: Behind Milk Myths

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Can Dairy Affect Breast Cancer Risks?

Headline: Dairy Products May Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

A 2005 American Cancer Society study found that women who consumed two or more servings of dairy products daily (including low-fat yogurt, cheese, and skim milk) had up to a 20 percent lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer compared with women who ate the least dairy. Low-fat products offer the most protection.

Expert Take: The theory is that calcium or vitamin D lowers breast cancer risk. Supplements appear to have no effect.

What to Do: Even if you're worried about breast cancer, keep your daily consumption to two or three servings of low-fat dairy. "More research needs to be done before we make general recommendations," says McCullough.

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