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New study finds that eating too much chicken may lead to cancer

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 6 days ago Louise Burne
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A new report has found that eating chicken can be linked to a higher risk of getting cancer.

Researchers at Oxford University have found that eating chicken can be associated with a higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma and prostate cancer.

The study looked at 450,000 middle-age Brits over an eight-year period.

 

The researchers tracked their diet and any diseases that they developed.  Some 23,000 people in the study developed some sort of cancer.

Chicken is now being blamed as one of the foods that the cancer could be traced back to.

‘Poultry intake was positively associated with risk for malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma,’ the study found.

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However, researchers did admit that more investigation was required to study the links between chicken and cancer.

The study also did not identify any possible links and did not rule that the meat was carcinogenic.

This is not the first time that scientists and doctors have linked eating certain meats with cancer.

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One study advised that eating bacon was as likely to cause cancer as asbestos.  

The group advised that eating just 25g of processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, can increase the risk of bowel cancer.

The study revealed that eating bacon or other processed meats is twice as likely to cause cancer than previously thought.

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The WHO previously stated that eating 50g of processed meat raised the risk of bowel cancer by 18pc.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARG) classifies processed meat in Group 1, along with tobacco and asbestos, as definite causes of cancer.

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