Breast cancer risk linked to father's diet


Breast cancer risk linked to father's diet

Researchers have found a link between the diet of men and the risk of breast cancer in their daughters.

The Brazilian study used a rat model to look at the effects of paternal diet on health, comparing three groups of female rats whose fathers had been fed different diets.

The study found that breast cancer developed more often in the rats whose fathers had the animal fat-based diet, which suggests the risk of breast cancer is higher among women whose fathers eat high-fat foods.

While there is evidence that paternal malnutrition may increase offspring susceptibility to metabolic diseases, few previous studies have looked at the influence of paternal factors on a daughter’s breast cancer risk.

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The BioMed Central research can be found here.