Researchers may have found one reason why some young women develop breast cancer. New findings suggest eating a high-fat diet starting at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer.
Scientists say it may increase the risk of cancer similar to a type often found in younger adult women. The findings indicate before any tumors appear, increased cell growth and alterations in immune cells occur in the breast.
Researchers say these changes persist into adulthood and can lead to the rapid development of pre-cancerous lesions and ultimately breast cancer.
The study comes from the Breast Canccer and the Environment Research Program at Michigan State University and is published in the current online issue of Breast Cancer Research.