Chicken casserole could keep you clear of breast cancer, say scientists.
Although eating red meat may increase your chances of breast cancer, consuming poultry is thought to protect against the disease, according to the latest findings.
Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US found eating more red meat was associated with a greater risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
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Conversely, eating more poultry such as chicken, turkey and duck was linked to a decreased risk of it.
“Red meat has been identified as a probable carcinogen.
“Our study adds further evidence that red meat consumption may be associated with increased risk of breast cancer whereas poultry was associated with decreased risk,” said Dr Dale P. Sandler, who led the study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
Scientists looked at the meat diet and meat cooking practices of 42,012 women over the course of around seven years.
In a follow-up, 1,536 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed. Women who consumed the highest amount of red meat were found to have a 23 per cent higher risk of the cancer than those who consumed the lowest amount.
While women who ate the highest amount of poultry in their diet had a 15 per cent lower risk of the disease than those with the lowest consumption.