FAT AND BREAST CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE SAYS WOMEN WHO CONSUME A LOT OF FAT EXPERIENCE MORE BREAST CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Good far, bad fat, or in between fat – none of that matters when it comes to breast cancer risk. A study published in the journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who consume more fat weigh more and are at higher risk for breast cancer, whether that fat was olive oil, butter, or lard. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says the dangers of fat are well known.
PARK: I don’t know if it makes sense to continue to do these huge studies that could be very costly to taxpayer dollars when we’re in such a financial crunch with the NIH because we already know that being fat and eating a high fat diet is so bad for you in so many other ways, let alone breast cancer. We know that it’s bad for your heart, we know that being overweight and obese is going to increase your incidence of diabetes, which has a whole host of health complications, hopefully this is the nail in the coffin where people are going to say, okay, fat equals bad, and now there’s the fact that your breast cancer risk is also going to increase if you eat a lot of fat. :32
So keep fat to less than thirty percent of your daily consumption. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.