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Red meat, processed meat and cancer in South Africa

Daniela Cristina Stefan

Abstract


Epidemiological studies around the world were analysed recently by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, demonstrating a positive correlation between consumption of red meat and processed meat and colorectal cancer. In South Africa (SA) there is a great variation in the incidence of this type of cancer between various ethnic groups, related to diet and other risk factors. Strengthening the SA cancer registry and co-ordinated research on diet and cancer are required to provide specific answers for our population. 


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Daniela Cristina Stefan, Medical Research Council, South Africa

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Keywords

Red meat; Processed meat; Cancer; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(1):43. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i1.10400

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-11-27
Date published: 2015-12-16

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