Consumption of processed meat may increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.

Consumption of processed meat may increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.
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Consumption of processed meat may increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.

The paper, published in the European Journal of Cancer, confirmed findings of carcinogenic risk of processed meat and suggested the overall association is largely driven by the risk of post-menopausal cancer.

The study, led by Professor Jill Pell, Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, also found red was not associated with the risk of breast cancer.

The researchers studied data from the UK Biobank (which recruited 273,466 women aged 40–69 years from the between 2007 and 2010 which collected information on meat consumption). They then included the results in a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies using rigorous criteria.

Among the 262,195 women in the UK Biobank that were included in the study, those who consumed processed meat were at a higher risk of breast cancer; independent of sociodemographic, lifestyle, obesity and dietary factors included in this study.

The paper, 'Red and processed meat consumption and : UK Biobank cohort study and meta-analysis' is published in the European Journal of Cancer


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More information: Jana J. Anderson et al. Red and processed meat consumption and breast cancer: UK Biobank cohort study and meta-analysis, European Journal of Cancer (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2017.11.022
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