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October 08, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

Doctors Urge FDA To Put Cancer Warning Label On Dairy Cheese

Doctors Urge FDA To Put Cancer Warning Label On Dairy Cheese
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12,000 doctors from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) are petitioning the US Food and Drug Administration to add the following warning label:

"Dairy cheese contains reproductive hormones that may increase breast cancer mortality risk."

The PCRM submitted the petition on October 3, the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Dairy products contain traces of estrogens from cows, and as milk is converted to cheese, the estrogens are more concentrated. While they are only traces, they appear to be biologically active in humans, increasing breast cancer mortality." 

The petition notes that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers breast cancer to be among the most common causes of death in women. And further documents a 2017 study funded by the National Cancer Institute that, "high-fat dairy products, such as cheese, are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer".

"Instead of cheese manufacturers like Kraft slapping a pink ribbon on products like Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Macaroni & Cheese, as they have done during previous Breast Cancer Awareness Months, they should be adding warning labels," says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, MD, author of The Cheese Trap and Your Body in Balance. "We want women to be aware that dairy cheese could put them at risk of dying from breast cancer."

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