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Study Shows Substituting White Meat For Red Meat Could Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

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According to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, meat consumption habits are associated with breast cancer risk, and women who eat white meat have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.


Research shows that meat consumption habits are associated with breast cancer risk. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

Washington, D.C. (Merxwire) – Is eating white meat really healthier? Research has linked meat consumption habits with breast cancer risk! According to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, which analyzed the dietary habits of female subjects with different meats, it found that those who ate white meat had a lower risk of breast cancer.

The study included 42,012 female subjects, followed for up to 7.5 years, controlling for variables including age, physical activity, body mass index (BMI), calorie consumption, and other dietary and health characteristics. The researchers used the Quartile way to make models and analyze the results.

The study’s analysis showed that quartiles that ate the most red meat had a 23 percent higher risk of developing invasive cancer than quartiles that ate the least. The quartiles that ate the most white meat had a 15 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to the quartiles that ate the least.

The quartiles who ate the most white meat had a 28 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to the quartiles who ate the most red meat. The researchers found that breast cancer risk decreased most significantly when women ate the same amount of meat and switched from red meat to white meat.

Fish is nutrient-rich white meat. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

In response to the results of the research model, the researchers said that switching to white meat can reduce breast cancer risk, and women are advised to eat less red meat and more white meat.

In the study, the researchers found no significant associations between the degree of red meat doneness or the method of cooking and breast cancer risk. However, there is some evidence in the literature that there is a positive relationship between certain meat cooking methods and cancer risk, so the link between breast cancer and meat cooking habits is inconclusive.

Whether or not meat consumption is associated with cancer has long been debated, and while medical advice to eat less red meat is ongoing, how red meat causes cellular mutations has remained a mystery. A study published in Cancer Discovery has shown that a diet of red meat causes DNA damage, which may also hint that red meat is a carcinogen.

The number of breast cancer patients worldwide is increasing year by year, and the patients tend to be younger. In addition, although men are much less likely to develop breast cancer than women, men may also develop breast cancer. Therefore, both men and women must pay attention to dietary habits and regular health checks to improve breast cancer prevention and treatment.

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