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Eating Chicken Cuts Liver Cancer Risk, Study

Update Date: Oct 06, 2014 06:53 PM EDT

There are many health benefits to avoiding red meat and eating more chicken and fish. Besides preventing cardiovascular and neurological diseases, chicken and fish consumption can significantly lower the risk of liver cancer.

The latest research reveals that consuming more white meat can lower the risk of developing liver cancer by 22 percent to 31 percent. The findings were based on a collection of studies published between 1956 and 2013.

However, researchers found no evidence that eating red meat, processed meat or total meat increased the risk of developing liver cancer.

Researchers said the latest findings could lead to dietary interventions that could potentially prevent the development of liver cancer.

"The present meta-analysis indicates that a high level of white meat or fish consumption can reduce the risk of HCC significantly, while intake of red meat, processed meat or total meat is not associated with HCC risk. Our findings suggest that dietary intervention may be a promising approach for prevention of HCC, which still need to be confirmed by further well-designed prospective studies and experimental research," researchers concluded.

The findings are published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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