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Processed Meat Intake Linked With Breast Cancer

By jeremyc | January 4, 2018

Previous research has shown that processed meat can be harmful. As a matter of fact, in 2015 WHO declared that eating processed meats increases colorectal cancer risk. A new study has revealed another health condition is linked with process meat intake. In the latest research, experts have found that eating meat increases breast cancer risk.

For this study the researchers analyzed over 260,000 women. The studied group was in the age bracket of 40 to 69 years. All these women were part of another ongoing study. During the follow-up period of 7 years, 4,819 women developed breast cancer.

In comparison to women with least amount of processed meat intake, women who ate 9 gm of processed meats or more everyday reported a 21 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer. Nine gram of processed meats is almost equivalent to two sausages.

While a clear link was found between eating processed meats and higher breast cancer risk, no connection was established between intake of red meat and increased breast cancer risk.

When a meat is modified to make it tastier or last longer (that is, increase its shelf life), it is called processed meat. Examples include salami, hot dogs, sausages, and bacon, among others.


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