Dietary cadmium 'poses breast cancer risk'

15 March 2012

A toxic metal which is found in many farm fertilizers has been linked to the development of breast cancer, new research has warned.

Agneta Akesson, an associate professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, worked with colleagues to look into the dangers of dietary cadmium.

Upon monitoring 55,987 women who were exposed to dietary cadmium over a 12-year period, it was found that 2,112 cases of breast cancer were recorded.

Of these incidences, more than 1,600 were estrogen receptor-positive and another 290 were estrogen receptor-negative.

Looking into the long-term issue of the findings, professor Akesson said: "Because of a high accumulation in agricultural crops, the main sources of dietary cadmium are bread and other cereals, potatoes, root crops and vegetables."

People who are worried about breast cancer have been told by Nina Barough, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk Worldwide, that signs such as a change of tissue or how they feel could indicate a development of the deadly disease.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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