Moderate Amounts of Red Meat May Increase the Risk of Bowel Cancer

A large study suggests that even moderate consumption of ham, bacon, and red meat may increase the risk of bowel cancer.Moderate Amounts of Red Meat May Increase the Risk of Bowel Cancer

For the study, researchers led by the scientists from the University of Oxford followed about 500,000 people for nearly six years and found that those who ate aforementioned foods more than it was recommended by NHS guidelines, 70 g a day, had a fifth higher risk of developing bowel cancer compared to people who ate smaller portions.

Professor Tim Key, a co-author of the study and deputy director at the University of Oxford's cancer epidemiology unit, says: “Most previous research looked at people in the 1990s or earlier and diets have changed significantly since then. So our study gives a more up-to-date insight that is relevant to meat consumption today.”

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