Cancer linked to chicken consumption in new study

Staff writer

People switching from red meat to chicken for health reasons will be alarmed at a new study.

Eating chicken puts consumers at a higher risk of a rare form of blood cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as prostate cancer in men, according to researchers from Oxford University.

Some 475,000 middle-aged Brits were tracked between 2006 and 2014 for the study and their diets were analysed alongside the illnesses they suffered.

Around 23,000 of them developed cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

'Poultry intake was positively associated with risk for malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma', according to the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The Daily Mail described the research as an "association study", meaning that it showed only the correlation between eating chicken and the certain types of cancers. It didn't investigate the reasons why.

Reasons could include method of cooking. The take away from the study could be: Eating chicken is safe in moderation.

Red meat, particularly if processed, has been linked to bowel cancer. The NHS has created a guide to how much is considered safe to consume in a balanced diet.