Thursday, November 11, 2010

Processed Meats Play Role in Developing Colon Cancer

It has been estimated 3 million to 4 million cancer cases worldwide could be prevented each year through healthy eating and lifestyle changes. A prime example: Colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women. And while many risk factors boost the chance of developing this disease, high intake of red meat may be a major contributor. (Researchers have defined high intake of meat, including beef, veal, pork, sausages and bologna, as three or more ounces a day for men and two or more ounces a day for women.)

Researchers asked nearly 150,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 74 to provide information regarding personal meat consumption in 1982, and again in 1992 or 1993. Findings showed that the median intake of red meat was just over 2 ounces a day for men and 1.4 ounces a day for women. Also, the heaviest consumers among men ate 10 times as much red meat than those who ate the least, while the heaviest consumers among women ate 17 times as much. Read more...

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