Is red meat linked to breast cancer?

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You may have heard the warning before that red meat is linked to colon or pancreas cancer. 22News looks into a new study that found a link between red meat and breast cancer.

It seems like there’s always a study advising us to do something new. That’s why 22News asked a doctor how closely women should follow this study’s recommendations. Baystate Medical Oncologist Dr. Grace Makari-Judson said the advice for women to limit their red meat intake isn’t something new.

She said this study looked at 88,000 nurses over 20 years. Those who developed breast cancer also ate more red meat. However, more research is required to find out what it is about red meat that leads to cancer.

“Healthy lifestyles do matter. So eating a healthful diet, limiting alcohol, don’t smoke and exercise regularly and those words of advice can be associated with a 30 percent reduction in the likelihood of getting breast cancer,” said Dr. Makari-Judson.

Interestingly, three countries with the highest red meat intake have the lowest breast cancer rates. The doctor said the difference is the red meat they eat isn’t beef, but instead from animals like lamb or deer.

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