Researchers: Eating high amounts of cheese linked to breast cancer

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An apparent link between a dairy food and cancer is part of a push to put warning labels on cheese.

Researchers say eating high amounts of the calcium-rich food may be linked to breast cancer.

In response, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., is petitioning the FDA to put a warning label on certain cheeses, stating they may increase breast cancer mortality risk.

A study done in 2017 said that eating high amounts of cheddar and cream cheese may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by 53%. But they say women who consumed high amount of yogurt were found to have a 39% lower risk of developing breast cancer.

For breast cancer survivor Christine Giordano of Floral Park, those warning labels are a good idea.

"As a breast cancer survivor, labels are very important, it's to educate people and make them aware of the products we eat," says Giordano.

Giordano was diagnosed in 2012. She then changed her diet to no longer eat dairy products, which researchers say contain reproductive hormones that increase the breast cancer mortality risk.

The nonprofit filed a petition demanding the warning labels be placed on cheese. The FDA has 180 days to respond.

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