New Study Of Half A Million People Finds Red Meat Linked To Colon Cancer

ColonCancerStagesSame study presented at two conferences last year:

The Association Of Red And Processed Meat, And Dietary Fibre With Colorectal Cancer In UK Biobank, Presented at the 2015 National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference, 2 November 2015.

Findings:

  • Those who ate red meat 4 or more times per week had a 42% increased risk for colorectal cancer compared with those who ate it less than once per week.

The Association Of Red And Processed Meat, And Dietary Fibre With Colorectal Cancer In UK Biobank, Presented at the 2015 Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, July 2015

Findings:

  • Those who ate red and processed meat 7 or more times per week had a 52% increased risk for colorectal cancer, compared with those who ate less than once per week.
  • Those who ate processed meat 2 or more times per week had a 36% increased risk for colorectal cancer compared with those who never ate it.

The UK Biobank is a prospective cohort of ~500,000 adults who were recruited from the UK in 2006–2010 and have been followed since.

This is interesting:

More than half of the study population were consuming more than the UK government recommendation of 70 g or less of red and processed meat per day.

70g is about 2.5 ounces. A McDonald’s Quarter Pounder (4 oz) sends you over that 70g mark for the day.

In this study, just 2 servings of meat a week increased one’s risk for colon cancer. When people say they eat meat in moderation, I’m going to guess that it’s more than twice a week.

What do people eat on a low-carb diet? Or a Paleo diet? Is it possible to eat just a couple servings of meat a week on these diets?

2 thoughts on “New Study Of Half A Million People Finds Red Meat Linked To Colon Cancer

  1. Matthew Rodgers

    I’ve been having lots of discomfort in my upper abdomen and lower abdomen. But on my lower left abdomen where my Sigmoid Colon is I’ve been having pain and it hurt when you push on it and I was wondering what the cause would be?? Can anyone help me I’m scared I think I have colon cancer. I had a blood test done and X-ray done and all come back fine they did not find a mass and my blood test came back normal only thing was the my vitamin B12 was low that was it. I did a lot of drinking for the past year and I feel my liver is hurting. I’m scared I have two 3 kids and I don’t want to leave them behind I’m 32 and I’m afraid what the CT scan is going to be I’m afraid that I have colon cancer that spread can someone help me I appreciate it

    Reply
    1. Bix Post author

      Hi Matthew,

      It’s good that you’re getting it checked out. Being able to do something about what you’re worried about can reduce some of your worry.

      Cancer (and no one has told you that you have it) isn’t the death sentence it once was. There are things you can do immediately – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation – and there are things you can do in the long term – diet, activity, sleep, loving and feeling loved. All these things help people live longer and for many it enriches their life.

      I hope you can find the source of your pain. As to your worry, which is a very real and sometimes debilitating thing, one thing that works for me is to schedule it, for example, I’ll let myself worry for 15 minutes at 3:00 in the afternoon but not outside of that. Just a coping mechanism; I don’t mean to belittle your fear.

      I wish you well.
      Bix

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