British scientists have found that people who do not eat meat are significantly less likely to suffer from cancer.
British scientists have found that people who do not eat meat are significantly less likely to suffer from cancer, the BBC reported.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included data on 52,700 men and women.
People are divided into 4 groups depending on the diet - carnivores, fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans (eating only plant foods).
The lowest incidence of cancer was observed in fish and vegetarians compared to carnivores.
However, vegetarians are at risk of colon cancer - the only cancer that is even more common in this group than in carnivores.
Until now, the appearance of this type of cancer was associated mainly with red meat, scientists remind.
Cancer depends on many factors. Vegetarianism reduces the risk of some cancers, but there is still no explanation for the higher incidence of colon cancer among supporters of this diet, experts say.