London: Cutting down on red and processed meat besides exercising regularly could help reduce bowel cancer cases by 43 per cent, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has suggested. In its "the most authoritative ever report of bowel cancer risk" today (MON), the WCRF recommended that people limit their intake of red meat to 500g a week, or just over apound in weight. That is "roughly the equivalent of five or six medium portions of roast beef, lamb or pork", the charity said, adding that people should "avoid processed meat" altogether,the Daily Telegraph reported.
Speaking about the new report, Teresa Nightingale, general manager of the WCRF, said: "We estimate that about 43 per cent of bowel cancers cases in the UK could be preventedthrough these sorts of changes. That is about 17,000 cases every year." Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Britain, after breast and lung cancer. It causes about 15,000 deaths a year. PTI
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