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Dairy virus increases human risk of breast cancer by 3.1 times

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Saying no to dairy is crucial for the lives of cows, but we’re learning more and more that consuming dairy can have grave consequences for us, too.

The Good Food Institute shared the relationship between Bovine Lukemia (BLV) and cancer in humans. After a USDA report discovered the virus (the foremost cow-killer after humans) in 100% of tested samples of 500 herds back in 2007, concern shifted from the health of cows to the affect their milk could have on people who use it. Although those consuming infected milk couldn’t contract cancer directly, a 2015 study out of UC Berkeley (published in PLOS ONE) showed the odds of having breast cancer increased by 3.1 times if BLV was present in the subjects studied. 

“This odds ratio is higher than any of the frequently publicized risk factors for breast cancer, such as obesity, alcohol consumption and use of post-menopausal hormones,” lead study author Gertrude Buehring, a professor of virology in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, told GFI. According to the study, the only risk factor that exceeds it is genetics. We can’t choose our parents, but we can certainly choose what we pour over our milk. 

So, why isn’t anyone talking this? Likely, for the same reason the plight of cows is commonly covered up-it would hurt dairy sales. So would talking about the implications of milk in regards to increases in prostate and ovarian cancer, how calcium-leaching means it doesn’t make strong bones, or how much excrement it contains. How many more hints do we need that this shit is bad for us?

There’s no better time to go vegan than today, to immediately help the victims of dairy, and to stop willingly subjecting ourselves to the risk factors involved with dairy intake.

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