Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Red meat increases risk of colorectal cancer

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1406

Rapid Response:

Re: Red AND Processed Meat

The tlitle 'Red meat increases risk of colorectal cancer' is ok, as
in many situations it is hard to say something clear in a sentence,
especially in medical area, causal relationships are always based on many
condictions and assumptions. For example as drinking large amount of water
within a short time may put somebody's life at threat especially among old
people who do not necessary have good renal function. Is it suitable for
the media to encourage the public to drink more water in hot weather
adding that 'drinking large amount of water within short time may be
harmful' ?

However as the public gets the access to the lastest medical
information, suitable guideline for the public to read/'face' medical news
or literature may need to be promoted in order to prevent negative
impacts may caused by some studies such as impacts caused by the study
about MMR vaccine and autism.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 June 2005
Wen BIn Liang
Taking master of public health
Curtin University of Technology