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Meat's Risk for Cancer: Just Bologna? ... Not When It's Prostate Cancer

Magazine article Science News

Meat's Risk for Cancer: Just Bologna? ... Not When It's Prostate Cancer

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Many epidemiological studies have implicated red meat or animal fat as a risk factor in colon cancer -- though not unequivocally. While a new Dutch study does not exonerate red meats, it does suggest that the accusatory finger should be pointed at processed meats, "mainly sausages."

R. Alexandra Goldbohm of the TNO-Toxicology and Nutrition Institute in Zeist, the Netherlands, and her colleagues mailed a detailed questionnaire on diet and other cancer risk factors to 120,852 Dutch men and women. After following these individuals -- age 55 to 69 -- for 3.3 years, the researchers then compared the recorded diet and other habits of the 312 individuals who developed colon cancer with those of 3,500 other members of the initial group.

In the Feb. 1 CANCER RESEARCH, Goldbohm's team reports finding no link between colon cancer and consumption of freshly cooked meats, animal fat, or animal protein. However, they did observe that eating processed meat appears "consistently and positively related to risk." Compared to adults who ate none, those who consumed more than 20 grams daily were 72 percent more likely to develop colon cancer.

... not when it's prostate cancer

A new study of 14,916 male physicians links eating red meat to prostate cancer. Data from the 120 prostate malignancies that developed in study participants during the first 6 years indicate that men eating red meat five or more times a week face 2.5 times the risk of developing this cancer as men who consumed red meat once a week or less. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston report their finding in the Feb. …

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