Eating bacon and sausages ‘increases breast cancer risk’ in older women, study claims

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Eating bacon and sausages ‘increases breast cancer risk’ in older women, study claims

Middle-aged women eating more than 9g a day — the equivalent of two sausages or three rashers of bacon in a week — up to a fifth more likely to develop breast cancer

EATING bacon, sausages and other processed meats increases breast cancer risk in older women, scientists warn.

The foods trigger hundreds of cases a year in the UK, say the experts, who have un­covered the strongest evidence yet of a link.

Middle-aged women eating more than 9g a day — the equivalent of two sausages or three rashers of bacon in a week — were up to a fifth more likely to develop breast cancer than those eating none.

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Those eating small, infrequent servings were 15 per cent more at risk.

University of Glasgow experts found no risk to younger women of eating processed meats — and no link between breast cancer and red meat in any women.

Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at Glasgow, said: “My public health advice for women would be: if you’re particularly concerned about breast cancer, then it might be another incentive to improve your quality of diet by eating less processed meats.”

 

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