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Ultra-processed food consumption, cancer risk and cancer mortality: a large-scale prospective analysis within the UK Biobank

Promoting the consumption of ultra-processed foods may result in a spike in the incidence and mortality from cancer.

This study focused on ultra-processed food contribution to cancer morbidity and mortality burden. Researchers surveyed nearly 200,000 UK men and women over a 9-year period. During the course of the study, up to 15,921 participants had cancer and a total of 4,009 persons died from the disease. 

The team of researchers noticed that high rate of ingestion of ultra-processed foods increased the risk of developing and dying from cancer. This 2023 study of UK men and women documented an unfavorable association between elevated consumption of ultra-processed foods and heightened risk of cancer occurrence and mortality.

Research Summary Information

  • 2023
  • Kiara Chang, Marc J Gunter, Fernanda Rauber, Renata B Levy, Inge Huybrechts, Nathalie Kliemann, Christopher Millett, Eszter P Vamos
  • Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, Imperial College London, London, W6 8RP, United Kingdom. Nutrition and Metabolism Branch, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 69372, Lyon, France. Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, 01246-904, Brazil. Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, 01246-904, Brazil. NOVA National School of Public Health, Public Health Research Centre, Comprehensive Health Research Center, CHRC, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
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