High Levels Of Cadmium In Healthy Foods Linked To Breast Cancer
March 20th, 2012|
March 20, 2012
New research by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that increased levels of a mineral in supposedly healthy foods may actually be harmful. According to CBS 42 News, the scientists’ data points to high levels of dietary cadmium, a naturally occurring mineral, to an increased risk of breast cancer.
The researchers believe that the increased levels of cadmium are the result of farmland fertilization and a breakdown of earth’s atmosphere. Spokeswoman and head researcher for the group, Agneta Åkesson, Ph.D., said that common sources for the mineral were potatoes and other root vegetables, which are normally considered healthy foods.
The study used a questionnaire to measure exposure to the mineral. Results were compiled from nearly 56,000 women over a 12-year period, and 2,112 cases of women who developed breast cancer were recorded. They then compared the exposure levels to cadmium to women who developed the cancer and found several correlations. First, women with the highest exposure to the mineral had a 21 percent increase in developing breast cancer and also normal weight, while lean women had an increased risk of 27 percent. The increased risk of both estrogen receptor positive and negative tumors was 23 percent.
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