Red meat increases risk of breast cancer says a U.S. study

Published By : 12 Jun 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Studies earlier have proved that eating red meat in large quantities increases the risk of bowel cancer, however, a new U.S. study states that eating red meat is linked to breast cancer.

Researchers are advising women to replace red meat with vegetables, poultry, fish, and nuts to reduce risk of breast cancer. But, U.K. health experts urge caution as other studies have not shown any link of red meat to breast cancer. Past studies have established that red and processed meat tends to increase the risk of bowel cancer.

A study performed in U.S. tracked health of eighty-nine thousand women from the age range of 24 to 43. A team of Harvard researchers in Boston analyzed diets of around three thousand women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Large intake of red meat during early adulthood could be a factor promoting breast cancer, was stated in a medical journal by the researchers. They have also suggested substituting red meat in the diet with a combination of poultry, fish, legumes, and nuts. This can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The study suggests there is a link between breast cancer and red meat. However, the study showed that the risk is small. An epidemiologist said that this was a weak link and it is not strong enough to change the existing evidence which has found no link between red meat and breast cancer.

The epidemiologist also stated that women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by following a healthy lifestyle and habits. He also said that it is not a bad idea to switch red meat to healthier alternatives.
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