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Prostate Cancer Linked to Meat Consumption

November 30, 2011

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Cheeseburgers and hot dogs, it’s the American way. But do these foods increase your risk of prostate cancer? According to this study, progressive prostate cancer is more likely when foods like ground beef and processed meats are frequently consumed.

The research team, led by John Witte of the University of California, San Francisco, also found that the correlation was primarily driven by red meat that was grilled or barbequed, especially when well done.

They suggest that this result, which was determined based on the meat consumption habits of about 1,000 male participants, is due to increased levels of carcinogens in meat prepared these ways. The report furthers previous findings of the correlation between meat consumption and prostate cancer, and may help determine particular compounds that could be targeted for prostate cancer prevention.

SOURCE: PLoS ONE, published online November 23, 2011




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