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Red meat no longer a breast cancer risk?


An editorial in The American Journal of Clincal Nutrition suggests that large scale studies on diet and cancer show little to no link between eating red meat and breast cancer in women who are past adolescence. The study did caution that the degree and heat used to cook the meat was not taken into account, since burning of meat, or any food, is currently considered to be a "no-no" when it comes to cancer. Put the grills on low, or away.

Of course, the whole problem with cancer in epidemiology is that it is hard to study the effect of food for more than a 10-20 year period, since there are so many other factors that can be taking place. People are bad lab animals in other words. You can't isolate them and control for single factors, and so the cancer link is always a challenge which is what leads to all the mixed news.

At the end of the editorial the authors did still urge that red meat intake be limited, citing increased risk to heart disease and cancer. Sage advice, though it goes without saying that almost any food should be limited.





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Name:Logan
Subject:More articles like this
I've been reading so many articles lately about the connection of food and breast cancer. One of my best friends has breast cancer and so I've been reading everything that I can get my hands on. It would be interesting to find more articles about breast cancer treatment, and what scientists are currently looking at as alternatives to chemotherapy.
Posted on 2011-05-10 20:46:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: More articles like this
Hi Logan, thanks for your suggestion and sorry to hear about your friend. If you are interested more in the basic science of cancer you may enjoy reading the history of cell theory on the Science of Aging companion site. Otherwise, thanks again for your request for more diet/lifestyle/cancer articles, it is an important issue! Unfortunately cancer is very complicated and the connection between cancer and food is notoriously subject to change. What does seem to persist is that a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables reduces cancer risk. Some other general rules are to avoid refined sugars, refined foods, and any grilled or charred foods. Hope that helps and hope your friend gets better soon.
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Name:Logan
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I've been reading so many articles lately about the connection of food and breast cancer. One of my best friends has breast cancer and so I've been reading everything that I can get my hands on. It would be interesting to find more articles about breast cancer treatment, and what scientists are currently looking at as alternatives to chemotherapy.
Posted on 2011-05-10 20:46:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: More articles like this
Hi Logan, thanks for your suggestion and sorry to hear about your friend. If you are interested more in the basic science of cancer you may enjoy reading the history of cell theory on the Science of Aging companion site. Otherwise, thanks again for your request for more diet/lifestyle/cancer articles, it is an important issue! Unfortunately cancer is very complicated and the connection between cancer and food is notoriously subject to change. What does seem to persist is that a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables reduces cancer risk. Some other general rules are to avoid refined sugars, refined foods, and any grilled or charred foods. Hope that helps and hope your friend gets better soon.
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