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Meat Raises Colon Cancer Risk
A report in tomorrow’s Journal of the American Medical
Association confirms the findings of earlier studies linking meat consumption to
colon cancer. In the Cancer Prevention Study II, involving 148,610 adults
followed since 1982, the group with the highest meat intake had approximately
50% higher colon cancer risk, compared to those with lower intakes.
The study found no relationship between white meat and colon cancer among men
and found a negative relationship in women. The study did not report results for
vegetarians within the cohort. Such data are of interest because earlier studies
have indicated that those consuming white meat, particularly chicken, have
approximately a threefold higher colon cancer risk, compared to vegetarians.
Editorial comment: We hope that the study’s sponsor, the American Cancer
Society, will be encouraged by these findings to discontinue its beef-promoting
Cattle Barons’ Ball fundraisers, held annually in cities throughout the U.S.
Chao A, Thun MJ, Connell CJ, et al. Meat consumption and risk of colorectal
cancer. JAMA 2005;293:172-82.
Fraser GE. Associations between diet and cancer, ischemic heart disease, and
all-cause mortality in non-Hispanic white California Seventh-day Adventists. Am
J Clin Nutr 1999;70(suppl):532S-8S.
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