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:

Red AND Processed Meat

A study that associates increased risk of colorectal cancer with
increased consumption of red and processed meat should not be entitled,
"Red meat increases risk of colorectal cancer." The potential danger of
processed meat should not be ignored.

We live in an age where many people glance at headlines without
finding the time to read the adjoining articles. A responsible publishing
team such as that at the BMJ should not take lightly the importance of
carefully written headlines.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 June 2005
Karim Dharssi
Medical Student
University of Manitoba