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Drinking milk daily keeps cancer at bay

Children who drink milk are 40 per cent less likely to suffer bowel cancer as adults.

Drinking milk daily keeps cancer at bay

Children who drink milk are 40 per cent less likely to suffer bowel cancer as adults.

To determine whether milk consumption in childhood lowers the risk of adult colorectal cancer, researchers conducted a population-based, case-control study of 562 cases and 571 participants from New Zealand. The researchers identified new cases of colorectal cancer in 2007 among people aged 30-69 years from the New Zealand Cancer Registry. Controls were randomly selected from the electoral rolls and frequency matched to cases in age group of 5 years.

Participation in school milk programmes was found to be associated with a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer, and the risk lowered further with increasing numbers of bottles if milk drunk as compared with no school milk.

A glass of milk a day for six years or more had a powerful protective effect against bowel cancer. The key to its anti-cancer effects lies in daily consumption over long periods. The results suggest daily consumption of milk in childhood may reduce bowel cancer incidence, possibly by the action of calcium.

Experts believe calcium helps kill cancer cells and accumulating a supply in the system can help prevent it.
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