Red alert for breast cancer

| Post published on June 2, 2006
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Previous work has shown that red meat increases the risk of stomach and pancreatic cancer. Now red meat has been linked to breast cancer. US researchers look at the diets of over 90,000 premenopausal women (aged 26 to 46) over 12 years and found that women who ate more than one and a half servings of red meat a day (the equivalent of a sausage and a burger) almost doubled the risk of breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer in UK women is increasing by more than one per cent each year, with over 42,000 new cases diagnosed every year and 12,400 women losing their lives to this disease every year. Reduce your risk by going veggie today!

Cho et al., 2006. Red meat intake and risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women. Archives of Internal Medicine. 166 (20) 2253-2259.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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