Eating a lot of red meat can 'increase breast cancer risk'

Eating a lot of red meat in early adulthood could be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

US scientists claim eating red meat can increase the risk of breast cancer. Credit: PA

Having legumes - such as peas, beans and lentils - nuts, poultry, and fish instead of red meat could reduce the risk, they found.

Studies thus far have found no significant association between the consumption of red meat and breast cancer, but the team of US researchers said that most previous research has been based on diet during mid and later life.

Their study, published on, looked at the dietary habits of 89,000 premenopausal women aged 26 to 43 in 1991.