Journal article

Dietary intake from birth through adolescence in relation to risk of benign breast disease in young women

Catherine S Berkey, Rulla M Tamimi, Walter C Willett, Bernard Rosner, Martha Hickey, Adetunji T Toriola, A Lindsay Frazier, Graham A Colditz



PURPOSE: Nutritional factors during different periods in life impact breast cancer risk. Because benign breast disease (BBD) is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer, we investigated childhood nutrition from birth through age 14 year and subsequent BBD. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of 9031 females, 9-15 year at baseline, completed questionnaires (including heights, weights) annually from 1996 to 2001, in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014. In 1996, mothers reported infant feeding practices during their daughters first year of life. Beginning in 1996, participants completed annual food frequency questionnaires. In 2005, participants (18 year +) began reporting whether the..

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Awarded by National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a grant from The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (NYC, NY) and by DK046834 from the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD). Dr. Colditz was supported, in part, by an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship. NIH provided funding for early data collection when the cohort was founded in 1996. Our funding sources had no role in the writing, or decisions regarding submission, of the manuscript. The authors appreciate the ongoing, since 1996, dedication of our female GUTS participants and their mothers in NHSII.