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Video: Replacing Red Meat With Chicken Linked To Reduced Risk Of Breast Cancer
Replacing red meat with chicken linked to reduced risk of breast cancer
A major new study found that replacing red meat with poultry could significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. American scientists have found that eating a lot of red meat is associated with an increased risk of invasive breast cancer, but eating a lot of poultry meat is associated with a reduced risk.
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A major new study found that replacing red meat with poultry could significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. The work report is published in the International Journal of Cancer. American scientists have found that eating a lot of red meat is associated with an increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer, but eating a lot of poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) is associated with a reduced risk of developing this disease.
“Red meat was previously considered a probable carcinogen. Our study provides further evidence that red meat consumption may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, while poultry was associated with a reduced risk,”says study author Dr. Dale Sandler.
In the study, the researchers analyzed the consumption and cooking process of meat by observing 42,012 women over seven years. During the follow-up period, they were diagnosed with 1,536 cases of invasive breast cancer. Scientists determined that the participants who ate the most red meat had a 23% higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate the least amount. However, the women who ate the most poultry meat had a 15% lower risk of developing the disease than the women with the lowest consumption.
Even factors such as physical activity, obesity and alcohol consumption did not affect the results. There was also no association between the way meat was cooked and the risk of breast cancer. Dr. Sandler says the mechanism by which poultry consumption lowers breast cancer risk is not yet clear, but the study provides evidence that replacing red meat with poultry can help reduce breast cancer incidence.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time red meat consumption has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. In 2014, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health found a link between high consumption of red meat in youth and an increased risk of breast cancer. Then, to reduce the risk of breast cancer, the authors recommended replacing it with poultry, legumes, nuts and fish. Likewise, a 2019 study by the University of Oxford found that eating processed meats (sausages, bacon, ham) just four days a week increased the risk of bowel cancer by about 20%.