Red and Processed Meats Increase Risk of Breast Cancer In Women

Earlier the World Health Organization has been warning people about the carcinogenic effect of processed meats like hot dogs. Now, a recent observational study1 in the International Journcal of Cancer2 says processed red meats increase the risk of breast cancer.

The researchers analyzed over 1.2 million women based on earlier studies. The researchers found those regularly eating processed meat were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer.

The authors of the study say;

This systematic review and meta-analysis study reports significant positive associations between processed meat consumption with risk of breast cancer.

Moreover, Dr. Maryam Farvid of School of Public Health, Harvard University and lead author of the study told CNN;

Cutting down processed meat seems beneficial for the prevention of breast cancer

An earlier study3 back in 2010 did not find any association between breast cancer and processed red meats. However, researchers at that time were urging further and future research regarding that matter.

Perhaps, the findings of this recent study are worth considering. Although this is just an observational study, the data is somewhat convincing.

Some Experts Say Findings Should Be Regarded with Caution

As usual, when observational study releases its findings, there are those who would argue about it. Some experts say that this study does not prove cause and effect as it is an observational study, after all.

Moreover, meat is a good source of protein. However, meats are not the only source of good proteins. Plant-based proteins are just as good as meat sources.

What Can Women Do?

Well, in fact, it is not just women but everyone including men and children. To stay healthy and prevent breast cancer, experts suggest to avoid processed meats and limit unprocessed meats consumption.

Processed meats include;

  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Hot Dogs
  • Deli Meats
  • Turkey meat treated with Nitrites

Additionally, avoiding alcohol consumption while increasing fruits and vegetable intake are valuable healthy choices.

Strict healthy eating choices and habits along with lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. In fact, it can reverse cancer and other diseases.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are caught in the usual recommendation “in moderation”. Perhaps, if you want on the safe side, you better consider moderation as once a month or even a few times every few months.

Why? Well, there are people eating processed meats 3 times a day. Meaning every meal and even possibly eating these meats in their snacks, too. Then, they might consider once a day a moderation, which is still too much.

The Stuff In Processed Meats

Well…let’s watch!

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