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Meat intake and risk of stomach and esophageal adenocarcinoma within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).

Consistent consumption of high meat diets may raise the odds of acquiring esophageal and non-cardia type of gastric cancer.

This study investigated the relationship between meat consumption and gastric and esophageal cancer risk. Researchers following over half a million participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort found out that subjects, especially those infected with Helicobacter pylori, who regularly consumed large servings of processed and unprocessed red meat had higher chances of developing cancerous cells and tumors in the esophagus and non-cardia portions –but not in the cardia region –of the stomach. The results of this study indicate that generous intake of processed and unprocessed red meat may accelerate the development and growth of cancerous cells in the esophagus and parts of the stomach, such as the fundus, body, and pylorus.

Research Summary Information

  • 2006
  • González CA, Jakszyn P, Pera G, Agudo A, Bingham S, Palli D, Ferrari P, Boeing H, del Giudice G, Plebani M, Carneiro F, Nesi G, Berrino F, Sacerdote C, Tumino R, Panico S, Berglund G, Simán H, Nyrén O, Hallmans G, Martinez C, Dorronsoro M, Barricarte A, Navarro C, Quirós JR, Allen N, Key TJ, Day NE, Linseisen J, Nagel G, Bergmann MM, Overvad K, Jensen MK, Tjonneland A, Olsen A, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Ocke M, Peeters PH, Numans ME, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boutron-Ruault MC, Trichopoulou A, Psaltopoulou T, Roukos D, Lund E, Hemon B, Kaaks R, Norat T, Riboli E.
  • Department of Epidemiology, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain. cagonzalez@ico.scs.es
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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