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Nutritional Epidemiology$
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Walter C. Willett

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195122978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122978.001.0001

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Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer

Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer

(p.377) 16 Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer
Nutritional Epidemiology

Walter Willett

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews studies on the link between dietary fat and breast cancer. These include ecologic studies, migrant studies, special populations, secular trends, case-control studies, and prospective studies. The integration of findings from case-control and prospective studies, the re-examination of animal data, and specific types of fat and breast cancer are discussed. There are good reasons to reduce the intake of animal and partially hydrogenated fat. However, existing data provide little evidence for the hypothesis that reduction in dietary fat composition even to 20% of energy during adulthood will led to a significant decline in breast cancer.

Keywords:   fat intake, breast cancer, cancer risk, nutritional epidemiology, epidemiologic studies

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