Eating Meat Linked To Breast Cancer Risk In White Women

by drsjbecker on January 22, 2013

Scientists have found an association between the odds of a white woman developing breast cancer and her consumption of red meat and poultry, but this association was not found among black women. Among white women, those who ate the most unprocessed red meat and poultry seemed to have a higher breast cancer risk than those who ate the least, especially among premenopausal white women.

There is no evidence that this link is a cause-and-effect relationship. However, every increase in weekly consumption of red meat or poultry appeared to raise the risk in white women. No association was found among black women, but this finding needs to be confirmed by further research. Limiting intake of both red meat and poultry in order to reduce the risk of breast cancer is in line with the previous recommendations from various groups (such as the American Institute for Cancer Research) advising a red meat intake of less than 500 grams per week.  This study was presented in Washington on November 1, 2012 at the American Institute for Cancer Research meeting. It has not yet been journal-published or posted online.

AANP (Monday, November 5, 2012) –


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