Poor childhood diet linked to cancer

Poor diet early in life may predispose women to develop breast cancer, research suggests.

A US study of young mice showed a diet linked to obesity and harmful metabolic changes stimulated early breast growth. It also led to abnormal tissues that may produce breast cancer.

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Lead researcher Dr Russ Hovey, from the University of California at Davis, said: “The findings of this study are particularly important when we superimpose them on data showing that girls are experiencing breast development at earlier ages, coincident with a growing epidemic of childhood obesity.”