Breast Cancer and Early Contact with Bovine Milk Risks for Breast Cancer may Change

Stand / Letzte Aktualisierung durch Elisabeth Rieping 2004/07/27

The research on breast cancer produced a vast amount of knowledge on risk factors for the development of disease. I have tried to read this knowledge to trace the origins of the risks to the source of it’s may be infectious origin, as it has been with aids, where the peculiar epidemology led the way to the virus. Although the epidemiology changed as the virus penetrated different populations with their different habits, the concept of virus transmission could explain the changing affection of populations wether they were promiscous people or orphans like in Romania where the disease long time was confined to children in state own facilities, in which this children had been vacinated with unchanged needles. In this way risk factors for breast cancer will change, too. While for example bottle feeding in the beginning was a habit of wealthy parents, today many educated mothers fear the risks of early bottle feeding and are no more influenced by the ideal of a big fat baby. They prefer a slim child and even if they use bottles, fearing later obesity they often don’t use it for overfeeding. So, today bottle-fed and quicker weight-gaining infants are more often found in the lower socioeconomic groups [i],[ii] and it is possible that the groups preferentially affected by breast cancer change in a similar way

[i] Hitchcock NE, Coy JF.Infant-feeding practices in Western Australia and Tasmania: a joint survey, 1984-1985. Med J Aust.148:114-7, 1988. [ii] Hitchcock NE, Coy JF. The growth of healthy Australian infants in relation to infant feeding and social group. Med J Aust 1989 : 306-308, 310-311.

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