The research suggests that women eating more poultry, fish, nuts and legumes and less red meat might have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Sally Greenbrook, Senior Policy officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:

“We don’t yet know enough about the link between breast cancer and diet so this is quite an interesting study. We would welcome more research into this in order to help us identify what kind of impact red meat could have on breast cancer risk.

“It’s important that everybody follows a varied, balanced diet for general health and wellbeing – this includes fruits, vegetables, pulses and whole grains and limited red meat, processed meat, animal fat, sugary or fatty processed food, salt and alcohol. It’s already been proven that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing alcohol consumption and increasing the amount of physical activity they do.”