Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Heavy Red Meat Consumption Raises Breast Cancer Risk Significantly

If an American woman consumes one-and-a-half servings of red meat each day, her risk of developing breast cancer is double that of a woman who consumes three servings per week or less, say researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA. You can read about this new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.The scientists examined data on 90,000 pre-menopausal women in the Nurses Health Study II (1989-2003). All the participants had completed questionnaires which included details on their eating and drinking habits. The questionnaires were first filled-in in 1995, and then in 1995, and finally in 1999. The study also had an update, every two years, on who had developed breast cancer. It was also possible to determine whether those who had developed breast cancer, did so as a result of an oestrogen or progesterone trigger. A total of 1,021 women developed breast cancer, of which 512 were oestrogen and progesterone-receptor positive, 167 were oestrogen and progesterone-receptor negative, 110 mixed, and 232 unknowns. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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