Red meat linked to higher risk of breast cancer

Red meat linked to higher risk of breast cancer

Most of the red meats are high in calories, fats and cholesterol content.

"Red meat has been identified as a probable carcinogen".

"Substituting poultry for red meat may be a simple change that can help reduce the cases of breast cancer", said lead researcher Dale Sandler, of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The study involved participation of 42,012 women whose life was followed for an average of 7.6 years.

The link between red meat and breast cancer remained even when researchers took into account other factors associated with the disease.

Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in the USA found an association between increased red meat consumption and a higher risk of breast cancer while eating more poultry was associated with a lower chance of contracting the disease.

Invasive breast cancer is defined as malignant cells that grow through the lining of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. Conversely, those who favored poultry over red meat were 15 percent less likely to receive a breast cancer diagnosis and were less likely to have invasive breast cancer.

Swapping beef, lamb and pork for chicken could slash a woman's risk of breast cancer, research suggests.

On the other hand, while associate professor Mieke Van Hemelrijck at King's College London also stressed the study showed an association and not causation, she said it could help to generate further hypothesis around how breast cancer develops.

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Those factors included race, economic status, obesity, physical activity, alcohol consumption and other dietary issues.

"But red meat also increases the chances of getting breast cancer so women should substitute this with poultry to get proteins and at the same time prevent getting breast cancer", Sharma told IANS.

KGUN 9 and Evening News Anchor Valerie Cavazos, are joining the fight against breast cancer because we understand that nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way.

Professor Pharoah said: 'While there are many reasons to reduce red meat intake, the data from this study are of limited relevance to people making dietary choices'.

The report was published August 6 in the International Journal of Cancer. Participants all had a family history of breast cancer and filled in surveys about their eating habits.

The researchers pointed out, however, they only looked at women with a family history of breast cancer.

For more about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

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