>Meat consumption has also been directly related to colon cancer too.
AHEM! Care to clarify that? How about that it is only red meat that numerous studies *suggest* that can possibly lead to a risk for colon cancer.
In fact, the Harvard Medical School suggests dairy foods and fish to help protect from colon cancer:
"The study from England showed that large amounts of red meat can produce genetic damage to colon cells in just a few weeks, but it does not prove that red meat causes cancer. None of the cells were malignant, and the body has a series of mechanisms to repair damaged DNA.
Still, the research fits with earlier epidemiologic data raising a red flag about red meat. Instead of counting on your body to repair your damaged DNA, do everything you can to prevent damage in the first place.
In the case of colon cancer, there is quite a lot you can do. Keep your caloric intake reasonable and exercise regularly. Avoid tobacco in all its forms, and if you choose to drink, limit yourself to an average of no more than two drinks a day. Eat foods that have been associated with protection from colon cancer: calcium from dairy products (low- or nonfat); vitamin D; fruits; vegetables; whole grains; and fish appear best. Low-dose aspirin may also reduce risk. But even with all this, be sure to get the colon cancer screening tests that are appropriate for your age, family history, and risk factors.
You don’t have to give up red meat to be healthy, but the evidence suggests that you’d be wise to limit your consumption. Two 4-ounce portions a week should be safe; even then, choose lean cuts, trim away excess fat, and avoid charring your meat on a grill. Limit processed, cured, and salted meats as much as possible."
Imagine that. Eat fish and dairy to help protect from colon cancer. Limit your intake of red meat. Don't smoke. Eat healthy and exercise. That's a far cry from suggesting that if I eat meat I have an elevated risk of cancer. How about stop eating out at McDonald's several times a week as a starter.