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High Intake Of Well-Done Red Meat Associated With Risk For Prostate Cancer

Consumption of red meat has long been linked to clogged arteries and heart disease, and a recent study found that men who consume a lot of red meat, particularly well-done red meat, have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

In one study, which was published in the journal of PLOS One, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, compared about 500 men who have been diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and a cancer-free group of men who served as controls.

All participants filled out detailed questionnaires about their diet over the previous year, including the amount of meat they eaten and how it was prepared.

The research result shows that men who ate about two servings of beef burger or red meat per week were 2.3 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who did not ate those foods. A high intake of fatty meat, such as salami and liver, have also been linked to increased risk of cancer.

On the other hand, poultry meat, pork, sausages, and low-fat hot dogs seemed to only have a little influence on cancer risk.

When the researchers looked only at the members of the burger-loving group who ate their meat grilled or barbecued, the numbers told a different story: The men who preferred their burgers well-done had double the cancer risk, while those who liked them medium (or rarer) had just a 12 percent increase in risk. A similar pattern was seen on people who ate grilled or barbecued steak.

“This study not only connects the red meat with prostate cancer risk, but also look at the methods and degree of cooking. It helps contribute to our understanding of potential mechanisms in the formation of HCAs and PAHs,” said Lee Richstone, MD, a professor of surgery and prostate-cancer specialist at the Smith Institute of Urology, New Hyde Park, New York.

When meat is cooked and charred at high temperatures, occurred a reaction that causes the formation of two chemicals: heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In animal studies, these chemicals have been proven to cause several types of cancers, including prostate cancer.

“This is another piece of evidence for the notion that red meat, especially well-done red meat, contains carcinogens that may increase prostate cancer risk,” said Ronald D Ennis, M.D., director of radiation oncology at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center, in NYC, who was not involved in the study, as reported by CNN.

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