Red meat may up bowel cancer risk


Eating red meat regularly may significantly increase the risk of a type of colon cancer in women, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK assessed whether red meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian diets are associated with risk of colon and rectal cancer. When comparing the effects of these diets to cancer development in specific subsites of the colon, they found that those regularly eating red meat compared to a red meat-free diet had higher rates of distal colon cancer, which is found on the descending section of the colon, where faeces are stored.

“The impact of different types of red meat and dietary patterns on cancer locations is one of the biggest challenges in the study of diet and colorectal cancer,” said Diego Rada Fernandez de Jauregui, from the University of the Basque Country in Spain. “Our research is one of the few studies looking at this relationship and while further analysis in a larger study is needed, it could provide valuable information for those with a family history of colorectal cancer and those working on prevention,” said Jauregui, lead author of the study published in International Journal for Cancer.....Read more


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