Saturated Fat Linked to Small Intestine Cancer...

A new study in Cancer Research claims eating foods high in saturated fat, like red meat, may heighten the risk of cancer in the small intestine. HealthDay News Reports:

Previous research had identified a link between red and processed meats and cancer of the large intestine, but this is the first prospective study to examine the association between meat and fat intake and cancer of the small intestine.

During the study, 60 adenocarcinomas and 80 carcinoid tumors of the small intestine were diagnosed among the participants, and an elevated risk for these cancers was associated with saturated fat intake.

Saturated fat is a health-destroyer. Previous reports have associated saturated fat with both prostate and ovarian cancer, not to mention heart disease and hypertension.

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Mcbloggenstein - November 17, 2008 9:02 AM

I wonder how much of the effects had to do with the saturated fat itself, or the fact that it came from red meat.

don stewart - November 18, 2008 9:40 AM

If you follow the link to the study, you will find the following statement:

Despite slightly elevated HRs (Hazard Ratios) for red meat, there were no clear associations for red or processed meat intake and either adenocarcinoma or carcinoid tumors of the small intestine. In contrast, we noted a markedly elevated risk for carcinoid tumors of the small intestine with saturated fat intake in both the categorical (highest versus lowest tertile: HR, 3.18; 95% CI, 1.62–6.25) and continuous data (HR, 3.72; 95% CI, 1.79–7.74 for each 10-g increase in intake per 1,000 kcal). Our findings suggest that the positive associations for meat intake reported in previous case-control studies may partly be explained by saturated fat intake.

So, based solely on this study, it appears that saturated fat is the culprit rather than red or processed meat, per se.

Don Stewart

McBloggenstein - November 18, 2008 3:20 PM

Don, I think it would be difficult to conclude from this one study that the meat was NOT associated with the cancer. That quote merely says that there was no clear association.

What it does not say, really, is what other sources of saturated fat were in the subjects diets.

If they were to have a control group of which didn't eat any sources of sat fat from meat, then that would be more likely to make a good conclusion about meats association. Unfortunately they do not say.

Scott - December 15, 2008 5:57 PM

This isn't a very good study to begin with. The data collectors relied on individuals to give them a general menu they ate over 8 years, hardly scientific. I would love to see a study with a control group done on something like this.

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