People who report eating the most red and processed meat before being diagnosed with colon cancer are more likely to die during the next eight years, a new study has found.
While the new study cannot prove eating red or processed meat, such as beef, hot dogs and sausages, causes colon cancer deaths, previous studies have found that eating such meat is tied to an increased risk of developing the cancer.
The amount of meat a person ate before his diagnosis was tied with his risk of dying during the study.
About 43 per cent of the 580 people who ate about 10 servings of red or processed meat per week at the start of the study died during the follow-up period. That compared with about 37per cent of the 576 people who ate about two servings per week.
The researchers also found that people who consistently ate more red or processed meat before and after their colon cancer diagnoses were more likely to die from that cancer during the study, compared with those who ate the least before and after their diagnoses.
“The primary message is a confirmation that increased intake of red or processed meat can have detrimental effects on the development of colon cancer, the type of cancer and other health effects of patients in the long term,” Dr Meyerhardt, a gastrointestinal oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said.
Dr McCullough said about three or four servings of red or processed meat per week is a good target. “We’re not saying people need to be vegetarians. It’s really just limiting intake and making it more the exception than the rule,” she said.
Why still stubborn? You know that something is bad and is linked to your cancer … why still say you can still eat it? Human nature right?