|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Cheese and Testicular Cancer Can you figure out this remarkable riddle? Why is it that nations with the lowest rates of testicular and prostate cancers (Korea, Vietnam, Algeria, China) also have the lowest rates of dairy consumption? This may help you solve the riddle. Why is it that the nations consuming the most cheese have the highest rates of testicular cancer? Still clueless? How about reading references from scientific journals that government regulators and cancer scientists are well aware of: http://www.notmilk.com/g.html Testicular cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among North American males between the ages of 15 and 40. In 2003, 7,500 Americans will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, and 500 will die. According to the Testicular Cancer Research Center (TCRC.org), the nation with the highest rate of testicular cancer is Denmark. Switzerland is number two. Denmark and Switzerland also enjoy (?) the world's highest per capita consumption of cheese. The October 10, 2003 issue of the International Journal of Cancer reveals that a high intake of cheese is associated with an elevated risk of testicular cancer in Canadian males. University of Ottawa scientist Michael J. Garner (Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine) compared the diets of 601 men who were diagnosed with testicular cancer to 744 controls. Food consumption data from seventeen food groups were analyzed from a 69-item food-frequency questionnaire. According to the scientists, the results suggest: "...high dairy product intake, in particular high intake of cheese (odds ratio [OR] = 1.87; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.22-2.86; p-trend < 0.001), is associated with an elevated risk of testicular cancer in Canadian males." In 2002, the International Journal of Cancer (Ganmaa, et. al. 98:262-267) reported that diet has an important influence on testicular and prostate cancer risk. The authors found: "Cheese was found to be most closely correlated with the incidence of testicular cancer. The incidence rate of prostatic cancer was highest in the U.S. (101/100,000), followed by Canada (65), Iceland (61) and Sweden (55). Korea had the lowest incidence rate (0.9), followed by Vietnam (1.2), Algeria (1.8) and China (1.9). Milk consumed between 1961 and 1990 was found to be most closely correlated with prostatic cancer incidence (r = 0.71) and mortality (r = 0.77)."
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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