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Grilled or Fried Meats May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer


He says that a better approach is to follow the general guidelines issued in 1997 by cancer prevention experts. "That recommendation is that if you eat meat, limit it to ... about three ounces, or a piece of meat that's roughly the size of a deck of cards," Potter says. He adds, however, that it is difficult to get a "three-ounce steak, so another approach would be to get a six-ounce steak and then skip meat for a couple of days."

Asked about high-risk women -- those with a family history or those who have genetic mutations which predispose them to breast cancer -- Potter says it is too soon to make a firm dietary recommendation. "But avoiding charred meats wouldn't hurt," he says.



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