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Are Red Meat and Breast Cancer Related?

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A new study suggests diets with a lot of red meat may be a risk factor for breast cancer.

Research indicates high red meat intake may be a risk factor for certain types of breast cancer among pre-menopausal women.

Those who ate more than one-and-a-half servings per day were almost twice as likely to develop hormone-related breast cancer than those who ate fewer than three portions a week.

The high portion size is just one of the problems that Las Vegas oncologist Mary Ann Allison has with the study.

Dr. Allison said, "That is a lot of red meat. Whether that's pertinent to a person that I'm taking care of or not is not clear yet. They also didn't look to see if it was grilled. We worry about grilled meats from a cancer standpoint. Was it fried? There's too much unknown right now for this study to be hard cold facts that I can tell someone not to eat red meat."

Dr. Allison says there could be other factors, both physical and environmental, that influence whether or not a person develops cancer. But she says diet components should continue to be studied closely for links to breast and other forms of cancer including colorectal.

Click here to read the study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.  

Send your comments to Anchor Paula Francis at pfrancis@klastv.com

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