A High-fat Diet at Early Puberty and Breast Cancer Development


New findings show that eating a high-fat diet (HFD) beginning at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer and may actually increase the risk of cancer similar to a type often found in younger adult women. [1]

This research comes from the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) at Michigan State University, a joint effort co-funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The research project studies the impact of prenatal-to-adult environmental exposures that predispose women to breast cancer. The study is published in the October 25, 2013 online issue of Breast Cancer Research [2].


For more information:
[1] Eating a High-fat Diet at Early Puberty may Speed up Breast Cancer Development. Onco’Zine – The International cancer Network; November 26, 2013 [Article]
[2] Zhao Y, Tan YS, Aupperlee MD, Langohr IM, Kirk EL, Troester MA, Schwartz RC, Haslam SZ. Pubertal high fat diet: effects on mammary cancer development.Breast Cancer Res. 2013 Oct 25;15(5):R100. [Article][PubMed]

Photo 1 and 2: Michigan State University researchers Sandra Haslam and Richard Schwartz have discovered that a high-fat diet during puberty speeds up breast cancer development. Photo courtesy/credit: G.L. Kohuth.

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