Vegetarians Have Reduced Cancer Risks
Almost all nonorganic meat and dairy products found in grocery stores and restaurants have a high risk of
being contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, environmental toxins, hormones and/or antibiotics - all of
which increase the risks of developing cancer. On the other hand, a healthy vegetarian diet that includes
an abundance of fruits and vegetables has a protective effect against cancer.
There are numerous scientific and medical studies that show a strong diet-cancer connection. The list
below highlights how a diet heavy in meat and/or dairy products increases the risks of several of the most
common types of cancer:
Blood Cancers - A study published in the British Journal of Cancer showed that meat eaters were four
times more likely than vegetarians of developing some type of blood cancer. The most common blood
cancer is leukemia.
Ovarian - Women who drink three or more glasses of milk per day have a 19% increased risk of
developing ovarian cancer, according to a study from The Harvard School of Public Health.
Testicular - A German study showed that men who had 20 or more servings of milk per month were at
37% increased risk of testicular cancer.
Prostate - A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that men who ate the most amount of
red meat had a 30% increase in prostate cancer compared to the men who ate the least.
Colon - An overview of 29 studies analyzing meat consumption and colon cancer concluded that eating a
lot of red meat increased risk of colon cancer by 28%.
Bladder - A report present at the American Association for Cancer Research 101st Annual Meeting 2010
indicated that diets that include high amounts of red meat, fried chicken and fried fish correlated to an
increased bladder cancer risk.
Skin - A dietary pattern of high meat and fat intake increased squamous cell carcinoma risk according to
a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Breast - The National Cancer Institute states that women who eat meat every day are almost 4 times
more likely to develop breast cancer than vegetarians.