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Meta-Analysis Of 26 Studies Finds No Link Between Eating Meat And Prostate Cancer

November 2, 2010: 09:19 AM EST

U.S. researchers who analyzed data from 26 studies found no data to support a hypothesis that eating red or processed meat is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer among men worldwide. Some scientists have suggested that the spread of prostate cancer could be due to a wider global adoption of the Western diet, including higher fat and meat intake. But the researchers looked at 15 studies of red meat and 11 studies of processed meat and could find no association between prostate cancer and high or low consumption of red or processed meats. The researchers concluded: “The results of this meta-analysis are not supportive of an independent positive association between red or processed meat intake and prostate cancer.”

Dominik D Alexander, et al. , "A review and meta-analysis of prospective studies of red and processed meat intake and prostate cancer", Nutrition Journal, November 02, 2010, © Alexander et al., licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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