New Study Shows Milk Could Cut Risk Of Skin Cancer


By Michelle Costa

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT-TV) - We all know milk is good for the body, but new research suggests it may actually help prevent against skin cancer.

A new study finds boosting key milk nutrients like Vitamin D and Calicum, can cut the risk of skin cancer in some women by 57 percent.

Since the Magic Valley is a huge producer of milk products, what does this study means for local dairymen?

Idaho is the third largest milk producing state in the U.S. with 35,000 jobs in the state dependent on dairies.

Now, new, positive research may increase the demand for milk products.

"They're finding anti–cancer properties in dairy,” said Crystal Wilson, Idaho Dairy Council.

Milk is the single greatest source of calcium and vitamin d in the American diet, providing the recommended values of it in four glasses of low fat or fat free milk.
"For the state of Idaho, it's great news. We're a high milk producing state. We love the research out there about dairy,” said Wilson.

In the Magic Valley, dairy is a huge industry.

"In the Magic Valley, 72 percent of the cows are in this area and 53 percent of the dairies so this area is highly impacted by the dairy industry. It's another factor to try and increase the demand for dairy which is important in the State. We're growing at 4 to 5 percent per year. That means we continually have to have an increase in consumption or exports to meet that growth demand,” said Bob Naerebout, Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

And growth demand may be going up with a lot of emerging research out there on bone health, heart health, and obesity.

The study, published in the “Journal of Clinical Oncology” found when women who have had non–melanoma skin cancer in the past took the recommended amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D daily their risk of melanoma skin cancer was cut in half after seven years.

Idaho milk production during June increased five percent from the same month last year.

Average milk production per cow in June 2011 was 1,950, up 40 pounds from last year's level.

Milk production in the 23 major states during June totaled $15.4 billion pounds up 1.4 percent from June 2010.

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