Red meat Linked to Breast Cancer Risk in Women : Study

New Harvard Study Links Red Meat To Breast Cancer

Before frightening you from taking another bite of red meat (meat from sheep, goat or cow or any mammal) or hamburger, let I clear a thing. Any study is done is a controlled environment. This means many of the factors contributing to a disease are kept constant, so that the effect of the factor under study can be found. This means that one can find numerous communities across world, which are eating red meat for ages as their staple diet, and are perfectly healthy. But one things needs to be understood here, such red meat eating communities are living in a far less stressful, simpler and cleaner environments. that’s they don’t have to bear the stress of the modern day cities and metropolitans.

That said, a new Harvard University study lining diet and the incidence of breast cancer, has found that the consumption diets high in red meat can increase the chances of breast cancer in women. The study findings are not surprising as previous studies have long been linking red meat to cancers of the colon and pancreas.

How the Study linking Red meat to Breast Cancer in Women is conducted ?

The Researchers at Harvard University analyzed data from 88,000 women between the ages of 26-45. The women filled out a survey concerning their dietary habits in 1991, and the results of the study showed a preliminary link between eating red meat and breast cancer after 12 years.

How Red meat links to Breast Cancer in Women ?

Scientists suspect proteins in red meat speed up cell division and tumor growth. Thata part, the nitrates in processed meat are known carcinogens, which could explain why breast cancer risk is 12.5% higher in developed countries like the US. This also means, why Red meat’s link to Breast cancer in women is much less, or almost insignificant, in developing or poor countries where the meat is not processed.

The Harvard Study says that the link between developing a breast cancer and red meat appears to be weak and other causal factors can’t be ruled out.

Thus rather than focusing on something specific, the focus must be on of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. This is more important for people who live in a city or a cosmopolitan where many casual factors can be easily found.