Red Meat Intake & Breast Cancer Risk
Eating red meat may increase a premenopausal woman’s risk of getting breast cancer, according to a study published in the November 13, 2006, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. This finding is significant and newsworthy because previous studies have focused only on the link between red meat intake and a certain kind of breast cancer in older menopausal or postmenopausal women.
The new study followed younger women (aged 26–46) enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. During 12 years of observation and follow-up, the researchers determined that red meat intake was “strongly related to an elevated risk of breast cancers that were estrogen and progesterone receptor positive.” In simple terms, red meat consumption was linked to the most common type of breast cancer in younger women—the type fueled by the hormones estrogen or progesterone.
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