The Risk of Cancer among Meat-Eaters

The Risk of Cancer among Meat-Eaters

by Ann Harrison

Many scientific studies show that people who consume meat are at greater risk of getting cancer than those who reduced their meat consumption, or avoided meat altogether. For example, Researchers at Harvard University found that meat-eaters are three times more likely to get colon cancer than vegetarians. There are a number of factors that doctors and medical researchers take into consideration to determine the risk of cancer among meat-eaters.

First of all, meat has no fiber and it lacks other nutrients that protect the body from cancer cells. Many meat products have animal protein and saturated fat, which clogs the arteries, causing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Some meat products have compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed while meat is cooked at high temperatures. These compounds are believed to increase cancer risk. The high amounts of saturated fat in meat and other animal products, increases hormone production, which in turn, increases the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.meat

Now the question is: what can we do to lower the risk of cancer?

There are several things you and I can do to lower the risk of cancer in our bodies and improve our overall health. According to the American Cancer Society, research shows that more than two thirds of adults and over one third of children, living in the US Are either overweight, or obese, which puts them at greater risk of having cancer. By taking the following steps to improve your overall health, you will greatly reduce your risk of getting cancer:

Take time to savor your meals, but eat smaller portions.

Instead of loading your plate with large portions of meat, why not fill your plate with nutritious fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Use skim milk, or (one percent) low-fat milk as a substitute for whole milk, and drink plenty of water instead of carbonated and sugary drinks.

My final piece of advice, talk to your doctor, before making any drastic changes in your health care. He or she can give you advice on what steps to take to reduce your risk of cancer and other harmful diseases that are specific to your individual needs.

About the Author

Ann Harrison is a totally blind author, who grew up in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, and has moved back to her family home after living in North Georgia for several years. Ann has written many articles of general interest for a number of clients since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch. She has also published a short story entitled “The Big Climb” in Awethology Light. Ann also published a story entitled “The Woods” in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors. She is currently working on several novels, and a self-help book. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog at

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