Diet and Breast Cancer

SSS health researcher M. Elizabeth Hodgson was among the authors of a poster presented at the 2017 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. The poster Association between Dietary Inflammatory Potential and Risk of Breast Cancer: Findings from the Sister Study described the results of a study that assessed associations between the inflammatory potential of Sister Study participants’ usual diet at enrollment, using the energy-adjusted dietary inflammatory index (E-DII), and risk of breast cancer. Mean follow-up time was 7.6 years. The findings suggested that a pro-inflammatory diet (high E-DII) may increase the risk for certain subtypes of breast cancer (ER/PR-negative), and that associations between a pro-inflammatory diet and breast cancer may be stronger in some subgroups (e.g., post-menopausal women and women with high adiposity phenotype). The poster was authored with researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University of South Carolina, Connecting Health Innovations, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.