25 Mar '12, 12pm

Dietary Cadmium From Contaminated Crops Linked to Breast Cancer

Dietary Cadmium From Contaminated Crops Linked to Breast Cancer

Dietary cadmium can occur in low concentrations in nature, but the authors of a new study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research , are more concerned about cadmium that’s turning up in our food system because of farmland contaminated with heavy metals. Cadmium is a toxic metal that has been known to do damage to the lungs, bones, and kidneys and is now being linked to an increase in incidences of breast cancer. Science Daily reports: "Because of a high accumulation in agricultural crops, the main sources of dietary cadmium are bread and other cereals, potatoes, root crops and vegetables," said Agneta Åkesson, Ph.D., associate professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. "In general, these foods are also considered healthy." Science Daily reports that the study followed 55,987 women for more than 12 years. Dietary cadmium was calculated th...

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