Study suggests reason for red meat's colorectal cancer risk

US researchers have identified for the first time an alkylating mutational signature in colon cells that can be linked to high meat consumption

Red meat consumption has been consistently linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and a new study provides a mechanistic reason.

The study published in Cancer Discovery has identified for the first time an alkylating mutational signature in colon cells and linked it to red meat consumption.

The findings suggest that red meat consumption may cause alkylating damage that leads to cancer-causing mutations in KRAS and PIK3CA,

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