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Fitness Investigates: Behind Milk Myths

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Is Milk Connected with Ovarian Cancer?

Headline: Milk May Raise Your Chances of Ovarian Cancer

A study in the International Journal of Cancer reported that women who drank one or more servings of skim or low-fat milk daily had a 32 percent higher risk of any ovarian cancer compared with those who had three or fewer servings monthly. The frequent milk drinkers also had a 69 percent higher risk of the most serious type of malignant ovarian tumors.

Expert Take: The lactose in milk may contribute to the risk.

What to Do: If you're concerned about a heightened risk of ovarian cancer (if, for example, you've got a family history of the disease), you can get your calcium from a supplement, but make sure it also contains vitamin D.

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