Study looks at link between cadmium and breast cancer
Mar 15, 2012
A new study found a link between cadmium, a heavy metal that clings onto crops from fertilizers, and breast cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The study analyzed 55,987 post-menopausal women and found that the one-third with highest cadmium intakes was 21 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than the one-third with the lowest.
Even though the study suggests that post-menopausal woman may want to steer clear of vegetables, which contain cadmium, experts don't agree.
"I wouldn't recommend to anyone to stop eating vegetables and whole grains," epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto told the news source. "If you were to sit down and do cost-benefit analysis, my intuition is you wouldn't want to sacrifice the great benefits that we already know about and are quite well established for what at this point needs to be looked at in greater detail."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.