Meat and cancer: an upbeat story


By Lisa M. Keefe on 12/2/2008


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Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF)

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in November published online the results of a study that found no association between the consumption of fat, protein and meat consumption on the development of kidney cancer.

The study, led by Jung Eun Lee of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, analyzed data from 13 other studies seeking a connection between the incidence of kidney cancer and diet. Kidney cancer rates are rising worldwide, but the cause remains unknown.

In the recent study, researchers compared the fat, protein and meat intakes of the participants who developed kidney cancer with those who did not develop the disease. They found no association with fat, protein or meat intake after considering the influence of other known kidney cancer risk factors.

To read an abstract of the article, go to The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Elsewhere in the Journal, researchers for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. And the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research in Tel Hashomer, Israel, addressed the role of measurement error on studies that assess the association between diet and cancer. They note that even when studies seek to account for measurement error, it still plays a role, and that caution is key when interpreting associations, or the lack of associations, between diet and disease.

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