Cadmium in Diet May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

by drsjbecker on March 27, 2012

Consuming the toxic metal cadmium in the foods you eat may raise your risk for breast cancer, a new Swedish study suggests.

Cadmium, which is found in many farm fertilizers, can make its way into soil and water, the researchers explained. Some of the main sources of cadmium in the diet are bread and other cereals, potatoes, root crops and vegetables. Once it enters the body, cadmium may mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen, which can fuel the growth of certain breast cancers.

“Modern life has become increasingly dangerous for our breast health,” said Dr. Marisa Weiss, director of breast radiation oncology and breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. “Now, there’s cadmium hanging onto our carrots and whole grains, the very vegetables that are supposed to be good for us,” she noted.     http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662766

HealthDay (healthday.com) – by Denise Mann – (Thursday, March 15, 2012) –

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