SUNDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Dads don't have to forego their plans to fire up the grill this Father's Day, despite research that has linked red and processed meat consumption to colon cancer risk, experts say.
Researchers from University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center say that small changes in what people grill and how they do it could go a long way toward lowering their risk of cancer.
"The good news is that you can do something to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer," said Sally Scroggs, health education manager at M.D. Anderson's Cancer Prevention Center, in a news release from the center. "And, making just a few cooking adjustments when grilling can play a part in prevention."
She offered the following tips for a healthier barbecue:
"For some grilling enthusiasts, these changes might initially be a lot to stomach," noted Scroggs. "But updating how you barbecue may mean you continue to enjoy grilling for many summers to come."
The American Cancer Society offers more tips on healthy grilling.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, news release, June 2011
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