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Grilled, Barbecued Meat Linked to Cancer Risk, Study Finds

By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Nov. 10, 2015 – Recently the SouthFloridaReporter told you that researchers linked the eating of processed and red meat with colorectal cancer.

The story added:

“Scientists have long worried that this processing leads to the formation of potentially carcinogenic chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in these products.

The concern with red meats — beef, pork and lamb — has more to do with the cooking, not the processing. Grilling, barbecuing and pan-frying meat creates potential carcinogens, including heterocyclic aromatic amines.

The report finds a link between consumption of processed meats and colorectal cancer (and perhaps other cancers), but also acknowledged that the link between red meat and cancer has not been proved.”  Full story HERE.

Now, two weeks later, we’re reading about new studies saying there is a link between grilled and barbecued meats and kidney cancer.

Here’s the latest on that study:

By Alexandra Sifferlin, Time.com, Nov 10, 2015 – There’s more bad news for meat lovers this week.

A new study published Monday in the journal Cancer links increased meat consumption to a higher risk for kidney cancer, also suggesting that cooking process may be a factor.

In the study, researchers looked at the diets and genetic information of 659 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center patients who were recently diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of kidney cancer. They then compared these people to 699 healthy men and women.

The researchers estimated the men and women’s meat consumption and their exposure to mutagens (compounds that can cause a genetic mutations) in meat that are created when meat is cooked at high temperatures over an open flame, like grilled or pan fried. Cooking meat in this way can create carcinogens.


  1. This is just one of the many reasons why I don’t eat meat or
    other animal-based foods. Studies (and crazy comments from meat-eaters) show
    that meat is not only cancerous, it’s also addictive. Anyone who is concerned
    about their health—or cruelty to animals and environmental destruction—should
    eat tasty vegan foods. They can help prevent—and sometimes even reverse—cancer
    and other diseases.