Red meat, processed meat linked to cancer?

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Question from Justine: I saw a news report yesterday that red meat and processed meat are linked to breast cancer. How much red meat is bad, and what is processed meat exactly?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Processed meat in this study was defined as bacon, ham, corned beef, lunch meat, sausage, liver pate, salami, and even meat pizza. And, finally, SPAM. Although the report suggests that processed meat and meat in general increases the risk of breast cancer, it was mostly the postmenopausal women that were at risk. And certainly, processed meat and meat in general is a major of source of saturated fat, which has been linked to breast cancer in other studies but not consistently, though. The Women's Health Initiative, where postmenopausal women were placed on a low-fat diet, which would restrict meat, suggested that this diet did not reduce breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. However, among the women who started out with the highest fat in their diet, reducing fat did help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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