Replacing beef, lamb, and sausages with chicken could <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/obesity-decreases-women-chances-of-surviving-cancer\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">slash<\/a> women's risk of breast cancer, research suggests.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe US National Cancer Institute study examined the diets of over 42,000 women and tracked them for eight years.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nScientists discovered that replacing red meat with poultry\u2014 like chicken, turkey, and duck\u2014slashes women risk of getting the disease by 28%.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThey also found that those who ate red meat the most were nearly a quarter more likely to develop a form of breast cancer than those who consumed the least.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nRed meat has been discovered to contain cancer-causing compounds, while poultry is linked to 'low mutagenic activity, ' reduced 'internal' stress, and decreased DNA damage.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe finding showed that those who consumed the least were 15% less probable to develop the disease.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHowever, one expert was quick to point out that the study only looked at women with a family history of breast cancer.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\u201cIts participants may, therefore, be genetically at risk of the disease with the findings not necessarily applicable to the general population, she said.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\u201cRed meat has been identified as a probable carcinogen,\u201d study author Dr. Dale Sandler said. \u201cOur study adds further evidence red meat consumption may be associated with increased risk of breast cancer whereas poultry was associated with decreased risk,\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\u2018The mechanism through which poultry consumption decreases breast cancer risk 'is not clear'.\u2019 He admitted.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHowever, Dr. Dale pointed out that the study provides proof that substituting red meat with poultry may be a simple change that can help reduce the incidence of breast cancer.'\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBreast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women, according to <a href="https:\/\/www.who.int\/cancer\/prevention\/diagnosis-screening\/breast-cancer\/en\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">WHO<\/a>\u2018s organization website.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIn 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer \u2013 that is approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women. While breast cancer rates are higher among women in more developed regions, rates are increasing in nearly every region globally.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIn order to improve breast cancer outcomes and survival, early detection is critical. There are two early detection strategies for breast cancer: early diagnosis and screening. Limited resource settings with weak health systems where the majority of women are diagnosed in late stages should prioritize early diagnosis programmes based on awareness of early signs and symptoms and prompt referral to diagnosis and treatment.