Vegans Get Less Cancer!

| Post published on October 6, 2014
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A new study from Oxford University, looking at how diet affects cancer risk, has revealed that people who don’t eat meat have a much lower risk of getting the disease. The 15-year study followed 60,000 British men and women of which over 18,000 were vegetarians and 2,246 vegan. They found that cancer incidence was 11 per cent lower in vegetarians, but a whopping 19 per cent lower in vegans. This adds to a huge body of evidence showing how red and processed meat increases the risk of cancer and other diseases. Viva!Health senior health researcher Dr Justine Butler says: “Viva!Health has been warning people of the dangers of red meat for years. We already know that bowel cancer is linked to the high consumption of red and processed meat; it comes as no surprise that other cancers may be linked too. This summer, when you are firing up the barbeque, do yourself a favour and throw on a veggie burger!” “For a wide range of tasty vegan recipes to suit all tastes and occasions go to To sign up to our 30 Day Vegan Program where we send you an email every day for 30 days with tasty, healthy meal plans, celebrity vegan inspiration, nutritional advice and health information go to For more information visit or contact Viva!Health on 0117 944 1000.

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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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