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Evidence grows that eating red meat increases cancer risk

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:111
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    High consumption of red and processed meat is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, a new study has confirmed.

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    Eating large quantities of red meat seems to increase the risk of rectal cancer by 40%

    Credit: UNP/REX

    Meat consumption has previously been associated with colorectal cancer in earlier studies, but the strength of the association and types of meat involved have not been consistent (JAMA, 2005;293: 172-82).

    Dr Ann Chao of the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues examined the relation between long term meat consumption and the …

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