Otago University scientists have found that children who regularly drink milk are up to 40 per cent less likely to suffer from bowel cancer. The researchers found that drinking nearly 250ml of milk daily has a strong protective effect against the disease, which kills more than 490,000 people worldwide. According to them, the key to milk’s anti-cancer effects appears to lie in daily consumption of it for at least four years during childhood. Head researcher Professor Brian Cox said further research may prove that milk could cut the risk of cancer in future generations. “Our research team is planning further work which could confirm that the provision of milk at school can significantly reduce the risk of cancer in future generations,” Professor Cox said. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.