Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) said eating chicken could put consumers at a higher risk of a rare form of blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer in men.
The researchers from Oxford University in London published their findings in the ‘Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health’.
The findings showed that poultry intake was positively associated with risk for malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Melanoma, also known as malignant melanoma, is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. Melanomas typically occur in the skin, but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines, or eye. On its part, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout the body. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, tumours develop from lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common than the other general type of lymphoma
The study involved tracking 475,000 middle-aged Britons over a period of eight years between 2006 and 2014.
Their diets were analysed alongside the diseases and illnesses they suffered and during the period, around 23,000 of them developed cancer.
The team said that the research carried out was an ‘association study,’ meaning that it only shows the correlation between eating chicken and the certain types of cancers linked with it, rather than investigating the reasons why.
“There are a number of factors that could cause this link,” the researchers said.
It could mean that the meat itself contains a carcinogen, but it could even come down to how the meat was cooked.
The ‘Daily Mail’ reported that up until now, chicken has been widely regarded as a healthy alternative to red meat, known to raise health risks including Bosom , prostate and colorectal cancer because of how the blood from the meat product is digested.