If you are cutting back on meat, here is more good news: you are likely lowering your risk of bladder cancer.
A new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting showed meat consumption to increase the risk of bladder cancer. (To read the abstract click here.)
Researchers studied the diets of 884 participants with bladder cancer and 878 controls and found that those who ate the most meat were up to 58 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer. Eating well-done meat was linked to an almost twofold increased risk of bladder cancer. Cooking meat at high temperatures produces carcinogens, or cancer-causing compounds, called heterocyclic amines. Study participants who consumed the most bacon, pork chops, fried chicken, and fried fish also had a higher risk of bladder cancer.
Heterocyclic amines are found to be at the highest levels in meats (including chicken and fish) that are fried, charred, barbecued, broiled or "well done".
For all of you who have begun eating less meat - here's to your health!