Red Meats and Cancer


In order to reduce risks associated with obesity and being overweight, eating healthy places value on one’s life. The American Cancer Society (2005) states that a diet high in fat has also been shown to influence the risk of developing several other types of cancer, and intake of certain types of fat is clearly related to heart disease risk. ACS (2005) recommends that you maintain a healthy weight and limit your intake of red meats, especially those high in fat or those that have been processed.
The new JAMA study on meat intake and colorectal cancer found diets high in red meat, and processed meat in particular, to be associated with increased risk. These results are in close accordance with earlier evidence from large-scale epidemiological investigations, as well as laboratory studies that have uncovered plausible biological mechanisms linking meat consumption and the occurrence of cancer in the colon and rectum. As far back as 1997, in fact, the first WCRF/AICR expert report, Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective, deemed the evidence linking meat consumption and colorectal cancer “probable.”
People who eat a lot of red meat or processed meats may be raising their risk for colon cancer. Although this link has been shown before, a new study by American Cancer Society researchers’ helps explain the relationship. The verdict: Eating large amounts of red or processed meat over a long period of time can indeed raise colorectal cancer risk. But the risks from such a diet are smaller than those from obesity and lack of exercise, both for colon cancer and for overall health.  Eating lots of preserved meats such as salami, bacon, cured ham and hot dogs could increase the risk of bowel cancer by 50%, early results of a major new study have suggested (Health & Science).

Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.