More research has come forward showing that consumption of “grilled, barbecued, and smoked meat” could increase the mortality rate among breast cancer patients. The study was published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The researchers looked at survival rates among breast cancer patients once in remission and studied their link with grilled and smoked meat intake, according to Science Daily.

High-temperature cooked meats have been linked to a higher rate of breast cancer, but the scientists were looking further to see how such meats affect survival rates among breast cancer patients.

Approximately 1,500 women located in Long Island, New York and diagnosed with breast cancer participated in this study. The women were surveyed about their eating habits particularly intake of four different kinds of barbecued, smoked, or grilled meats.

The questions revolved around food intake in every decade of the participants’ lives and which seasons had the highest intake of smoked or barbecued meats. The women were followed up for 17.6 years on average and 597 deaths were identified with 237 or 39.7 percent of deaths related to breast cancer.

The researchers found that high intake of grilled, barbecued, or smoked meat led to a 23 percent increase in all-cause deaths. Also, a high intake of smoked beef, lamb, or pork brought a 17 percent increase in all-cause deaths and a 23 percent rise in breast cancer mortality rates.

Additionally, the scientists discovered that continuous high intake of smoked or grilled meat was linked with a 31 percent increase in all-cause mortality rates. Essentially, the study shares similar findings to past research showing that high levels of smoked, barbecued, or grilled meat consumption could increase the rate of mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast cancer patients in remission as well as cancer-free healthy women would be wise to limit their intake of smoked or barbecued meat to ensure a greater chance of a long life free of disease. Incorporating a plant-based diet has shown to prevent various types of cancers and assist in living a healthier lifestyle. Women looking to stay healthy should add more fruits and vegetables to their diet instead of red meats.

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