Is It True That Coconut Milk Can Trigger Breast Cancer
Based on data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, the incidence of breast cancer in Indonesia reaches 42.1 per 100,000 women with an average death rate of 17 per 100,000 population. These cells divide faster, accumulate, and form a lump or mass.Various factors can cause a person to suffer from breast cancer. One of the assumptions developed in society regarding the causes of breast cancer is the consumption of coconut milk.
Does the medical agree with this assumption?
Mixing coconut milk in cooking is a favorite of Asian people. Coconut milk adds a delicious and savory taste to food. A study conducted by the United States National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the Philippines said there was a correlation between consumption of coconut milk and the risk of developing breast cancer. Several women in the Philippines – where breast cancer cases are quite high – took part in the study.
As a result, boiling food in coconut milk was significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. With details, OR (exposure factor) = 2.2 and CI (confidence level) 95 percent.However, dr. Arina Heidyana says coconut milk cannot be considered a major trigger for breast cancer.Cancer is a multifactorial cause. Indeed there are foods that can increase the risk of getting cancer, but (these foods) are not the main cause.
Until now, the exact cause of breast cancer is not known for sure. However, experts say, five to ten percent of the incidence of breast cancer is related to inherited gene mutations. According to dr. Arina, coconut milk itself is only one of the foods that can increase the risk of breast cancer. This is because coconut milk has a high saturated fat content.
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