The more rashers you eat increases risk of bowel cancer, study finds

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 17, 2019

Every 50 grams of unprocessed red meat - a lamb chop or thick slice of roast beef - was linked to a similar increase in risk.

In the new study, some 475,581 people aged 40 to 69 were followed for an average of 5.7 years.

The study Diet and Colorectal Cancer has been published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

A recent study by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), adds to already existing evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that eating red meat can be harmful.

According to BBC, it found that eating three rashers of bacon a day rather than just one could increase the risk of bowel cancer by 20%.

This amount is only slightly more than recommended under New Zealand guidelines of 500g a week, or 71g a day.

Processed meat including sausages, bacon and ham have been found to increase the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Each bottle of beer or small glass of wine raised bowel cancer risk by eight percent.

During this time, 2,609 people developed bowel cancer.

Lead author, University of Auckland's Kathryn Bradbury, said previous data was collected from diets in the 1990s.

The World Health Organisation have said that processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, while red meat has been classified as a "probable" cause of cancer.

"This doesn't necessarily mean cutting out red and processed meat entirely, but you may want to think about simple ways to reduce how much you have and how often".

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