publication date: Oct. 11, 2019
Conversation with The Cancer Letter
AICR’s Brockton: Annals studies on red, processed meat don’t change facts on health outcomes; also, funding is “murky”
Vice president of research,
American Institute for Cancer Research
The recommendations on red and processed meats have not changed much over three decades, because the fact is that red and processed meats are associated with increased health risks, said Nigel Brockton, vice president of research at the American Institute for Cancer Research.
“Overall, we recommend a balanced, healthy diet. Our interpretation of the evidence is that it reduces your cancer risk,” Brockton said.
AICR, a member of the World Cancer Research Fund, characterized the recommendations on red and processed meat published Sept. 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine as “confusing,” “unnecessary,” and “not supported by the scientific evidence.”
Multiple experts interviewed by The Cancer Letter—who represent federal health agencies and academic medical centers—say they will continue to follow AICR’s guidelines (The Cancer Letter, Oct. 4).
Brockton said the Annals should clarify all the funding sources for the recent studies on red and processed meat, especially since the lead author of the recommendations, Bradley Johnston, had received funding from a group of food and pharmaceutical companies to conduct a similar study on sugar consumption in 2016.
“Frankly, I’m surprised that Annals didn’t ask or require evidence of funding, because otherwise, how do these things get done?” Brockton said.
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