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Processed Foods and Cancer

Updated: Jan 12


Cancer Research

Overly processed foods, including prepackaged soups, sauces, frozen pizza and ready-to-eat meals, may raise the risk of developing and dying from cancer, especially ovarian cancer.


In a new study published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, researchers evaluated the association between eating ultra-processed foods and 34 different types of cancer among 197,426 people, over a 10-year period. Eating patterns were compared with medical records that listed both diagnoses and deaths from cancer. The researchers indicated that the amount of ultra-processed foods consumed by people in the study ranged from a low of 9.1% to a high of 41.4% of their diet. Each 10% increase in ultra-processed food consumption was associated with a 2% increase in developing any cancer, and a 19% increased risk for being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.


Processed foods may raise the risk of developing and dying from cancer, especially ovarian cancer.

Moreover, deaths from cancers also increased; with each additional 10% increase in ultra-processed food consumption, the risk of dying from any cancer increased by 6%, while the risk of dying from ovarian cancer rose by 30%.


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