Meat Free Week To Highlight Bowel Cancer Risk

The annual challenge is hosted by Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Australia is encouraging Australians to up their vegetable intake

Bowel Cancer Australia will run Meat Free Week for the sixth consecutive year this month - designed as a fund raiser and to encourage consumers to reconsider their dietary choices.

Bowel Cancer Australia's National Community Engagement Manager, Claire Annear said: "By taking part in Meat Free Week we hope people will consider how much meat they're eating during the other 51 weeks in the year and be in a better position to make more informed choices.”

According to Annear, most Australians are eating large quantities of meat, and not enough fruit and vegetables - despite the rising popularity of veganism in the country.

Red meat and processed meat are both shown to increase bowel cancer risk

Health risks

The press release from the non-profit clearly outlines the correlation between meat and bowel cancer.

According to Bowel Cancer Australia: "There is convincing evidence that a high consumption of red meat and processed meat increase bowel cancer risk.

"Studies show that bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day."


The annual challengehas been backed by a number of famous faces, including Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney and mostly meat-free chef Simon Bryant.

Those who wish to donate to Bowel Cancer Australia are able to do so here.

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