According to recent studies, people who consumed large amounts of red meat were at an increased risk of getting colon cancer. At the end of a 20 year study, the American Cancer Society has confirmed that those who eat more meat get more cancer.
As a specific statistic: those who eat the most meat get colon cancer 30-40% more often than those who eat it sporadically. In fact, eating meats like, hot dogs, sausages, and lunch meats were at a 50% greater risk than those who ate them less frequently.
Those who chose to eat fish and chicken were at a decreased level of risk for colon cancer.
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, “The researchers collected detailed information on the diets of nearly 150,000 men and women aged 50 to 74 living in 21 U.S. states. They collected data in 1982 and 1992-1993, and followed them through the end of August 2001. In that time, 1,667 of the study participants developed colon cancer.”
Although the study was not designed to pin point the healthy amount of meat to consume, the study found the lowest colon cancer risk was in men who consumed less than 1.5 ounces of red meat per day and in women who ate less than 1 ounce of red meat per day.
The best way to reduce the risk of cancer, living an active, healthy and smoke free life will help. Meat is not the only cause of cancer but it takes a significant portion of the risk with regard to colon (site-specific) cancer.