Eating more than 25g of red meat a day 'raises cancer risk'

Maricruz Casares
Abril 17, 2019

The World Cancer Research also said that there is strong evidence that eating processed meat is a cause of bowel cancer, while eating a lot of red meat also increases the risk.

In the past The World Health Organisation recommended people who eat red or processed meat should moderate their consumption to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

The results of the study showed that those who ate the most processed meat had a 17% higher risk of developing bowel cancer, compared to those who ate less.

People who enjoy a daily slice of beef or a lamb chop for their dinner also increase their chances of getting the disease, which affects 2,227 patients in Ireland annually.

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

Moderate red meat eaters are significantly more likely to develop bowel cancer than occasional consumers, according to the largest United Kingdom study of its kind.

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NHS recommendations say that people who eat more than 90g (cooked weight) of red and processed meat per day cut down to 70g.

Dr Bradbury said people who ate red and processed meat more than four times a week, had a higher risk than those who had it less than twice a week. One in 15 men and one in 18 women born after 1960 in the United Kingdom will receive a diagnosis of the disease in their lifetime.

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

Overall, those sticking to Government guidelines on red and processed meat consumption carried risks around a fifth higher than those who limited their intake to very small amounts.

"You could try doing meat-free Mondays, looking for recipes using fresh chicken and fish, or swapping meat for pulses like beans and lentils in your usual meals".

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