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Frequent consumption of red meat is not risk factor for cancer

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1018
  1. Brian D Cox, University lecturera,
  2. Margaret J Whichelow, Senior research associatea
  1. a Health and Lifestyle Survey, Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 2SR

    Editor—Headlines such as “Big meat eaters cancer warning” (Daily Mail, 13 September) have appeared in advance of the publication of the Department of Health's report on diet and cancer.1 2 A prospective study, however, analysed data from a nationwide random stratified sample of British adults to determine the relation between diet and cancer and found a protective role for fruit and salads but no evidence that frequent consumption of meat is a risk factor for cancer.

    Details of dietary habits (including the usual frequency of consumption …

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