Myth: Cutting out dairy reduces your cancer risk.

FACT: Many factors influence the development of cancer, including our genetics, the environment and various lifestyle choices. It is essential that we look to recommendations from leading authorities who base their recommendations on the totality of scientific evidence and avoid dietary advice from unauthorised, unregulated or anecdotal sources. One of the leading cancer authorities worldwide is the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), which categorises evidence for cancer risk at various levels.

The most recent WCRF Cancer Prevention Recommendations do not advocate the exclusion of dairy for cancer prevention or treatment; and report strong evidence that dairy consumption decreases colorectal cancer risk. Despite speculation around the role of dairy in the risk of prostate cancer, the WCRF deems the evidence as insufficient.

With this, the Irish healthy eating guidelines (which includes the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group) form part of the recommendations by the Irish Cancer Society to reduce the risk of cancer.

Find out more about the Irish healthy eating guidelines.