Hayley from Richmond, South Australia, Australia asked:

Does eating too much red meat give you cancer?

Meat and cancer

I read a blog that said Harvard University researchers found a link between eating too much red meat and breast cancer. How much red meat is safe to eat?

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Our answer

There is no credible evidence of an association between eating red meat and breast cancer. However, eating red meat and in particular processed meat (cured with the addition of preservatives and/or other additives) does appear to be associated with a modest increased risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer. Despite some concerns about meat and cancer, Cancer Council recognises that lean red meat is an important source of dietary iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and protein in the Australian diet.

Cancer Council recommends:

This page was last updated on: June 24, 2014
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