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So Really, Who IS Healthier? Vegetarians or Carnivores?

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

“Cancer was higher … cancer was lower.” I’m Confused

In the Adventist Health Study in California, vegetarians had a significantly lower risk for cancers of the colon and prostate than non-vegetarians, but the risk for breast cancer did not differ significantly between these dietary groups (Fraser, 1999). The first results from EPIC-Oxford suggested that the incidence of breast cancer did not differ significantly between vegetarians and non-vegetarians (Travis et al, 2008) – Adventist Health Study In California

Stomach cancer risk differed significantly between the dietary groups, and was significantly lower in the vegetarians than in the meat eaters, with a similar (non-significantly) low risk among the fish eaters. This observation was based on only 49 cases of stomach cancer. – British Journal of Cancer

The risk for cancer of the cervix was significantly higher among vegetarians than among meat eaters, with a similar (non-significantly) high risk among the fish eaters. The principal cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus. Dietary factors have been suspected of influencing risk, but no firm conclusions have been drawn (García-Closas et al, 2005) The increased risks observed in non-meat eaters were based on only 50 cases overall and might be due to non-dietary factors, such as differences in attendance for cervical cancer screening, or to chance. – British Journal of Cancer

The risk for ovarian cancer differed significantly between the dietary groups, and was significantly lower among fish eaters than among meat eaters. In a review, Schulz et al (2004) concluded that high meat consumption may be associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The risk for bladder cancer was lower among vegetarians than among meat eaters, based on 85 cancers overall. – British Journal of Cancer

We report cancer incidence among vegetarians and nonvegetarians in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Oxford (EPIC-Oxford) study. DESIGN: This was a prospective study of 63,550 men and women recruited throughout the United Kingdom in the 1990s… Within the study, the incidence of all cancers combined was lower among vegetarians than among meat eaters, but the incidence of colorectal cancer was higher in vegetarians than in meat eaters. – European Prospective Investigation

In the Adventist Health Study, a lower risk for colon cancer was observed among vegetarians compared with non-vegetarians – British Journal of Cancer

A potential weakness of this type of study [by the British Journal of Cancer] is the accuracy of the assessment of vegetarian status. – British Journal of Cancer

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