Breast Cancer Surgeon: No Data Showing Red Meat is Unsafe

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A local breast surgeon says she has some concerns about a new study that suggests women who eat a lot of red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.

SLU Care breast surgeon Dr. Teresa Schwartz at Saint Louis University Hospital says the study was based on surveys from women aged 26 to 45.

“Unfortunately, the study itself doesn’t tell us anything else about the women involved,” she says. “It’s definitely based on their memorythey’re looking back and trying to remember how much meat they’ve had, which is notoriously inaccurate.”

So, her advice to patients?

“I would never tell anyone to cut red meat out altogether,” she says. “I would tell them to do it in moderation. This study doesn’t give me any data that tells me red meat is unsafe.”

Schwartz says they do know that women who are heavier and have less muscle mass tend to get breast cancer more often.

So, if you’re able to eat red meat in moderation, not have a high-fat diet and stay at a reasonable weight, you’re less likely to get breast cancer in the future.

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