Vegetarians ‘get fewer cancers’

A vegetarian diet may provide protection against cancer

Not eating meat may protect you from cancer, a new study has found.

A study, led by a Oxford University scientist, showed that those who did not eat meat had far fewer cancers than those who did.

However, the study of 52,700 men and women, which was published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, wasn’t all good news for vegetarians. It was discovered, too, that vegetarians were more likely to have colorectal cancer.

This was surprising as it seems to contradict previous evidence that eating lots of red meat increases the risk of developing the disease.

Dr Joanne Lunn, a senior nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, said the findings indicated that cancer is a complex disease and that many different lifestyle factors affect our risk of developing it.

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