Red meat can be attractive to people due to its taste, but no one can ignore the health risks associated with it. Researchers have found that eating red meat may increase the risk of breast cancer, while chicken meat may prove to be protective. Dale P. from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science in the US stated. Sandler stated that red meat has been identified as a potential carcinogen. The study found more evidence that red meat may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, while poultry was associated with a lower risk.
The findings of the research have been published in the International Journal of Cancer. For the study, the researchers analyzed information on 42,012 women eating different types of meat and cooking it. This analysis was done on average for 7.6 years. During this time, 1,536 invasive breast cancers were identified. It was found that increased consumption of red meat was associated with an increased risk of invasive breast cancer. According to research, women who consumed the most meat had a 23 percent higher risk compared to women who consumed the least amount of meat. Conversely, increased consumption of poultry was found to be associated with lower risk of breast cancer.