Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Nutritional Epidemiology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Walter Willett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754038.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 October 2019

Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer

Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer

Chapter:
(p.397) 18 Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer
Source:
Nutritional Epidemiology
Author(s):

Walter Willett

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754038.003.0018

This chapter reviews studies on the relationship of dietary fat intake and the incidence of breast cancer. Enormous resources have been invested in the hypothesis that reduction in the percentage of energy from total fat during midlife and later will decrease in the incidence of breast cancer, but the results of many large cohort studies and two large randomized trials have provided little support for this hypothesis. Although the null hypothesis cannot be proven, available evidence suggests that reductions in fat during adulthood to even as low as 20% of energy will have minimal impact on risk of breast cancer in Western cultures. In contrast to dietary fat, the evidence that weight gain during adult life will increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is strong and consistent. Because overweight and adiposity have many other adverse health effects, avoidance of weight gain during adulthood must be a top public health priority.

Keywords:   fat intake, breast cancer risk, epidemiologic studies

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .