Can A High-Fat Diet During Pubery Speed Up Development of Breast Cancer?

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the recent online issue of Breast Cancer Research concluded that eating a high-fat diet beginning at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer and may actually increase the risk of cancer often found in young women. In this preclinical model, researchers found that before tiumors appear,  there are changes in the breast that include increased cell growth and alternations in immune cells. These changes persist into adulthood and can lead to rapid development of precancerous lesions that may ultimate become breast cancer.

The researchers said :It’s important to note that since our experimental model did not involve any weight gain from the high fat-diet, these findings are relevant to a much broader segment of the population than just those who are overweight.” This shows the culprit is the fat rather than the weight gain.” They further dsaid the fat. ehich was saturated animal fat, could potentially  have permanent effects even if a low-fat-diet is used later in life. They concluded that from this preliminary study it shows avoiding this type of dietary fat may lower one’s risk of breast cancer down the road.

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