The TRUTH About Vegans and Cancer (SCIENCE!)

Preventing or even curing cancer are very common arguments you will hear in favor of the vegan diet.

And that would make sense as, according to the CDC, cancer is ranked as the 2nd-leading cause of death, after heart disease, at least in the U.S. Having claimed 595,930 lives in 2016 alone.

And globally, that number was as high as 7.6 million people in 2013!

And we know from a large, thorough 2015 meta-analysis performed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, that red meat is a probable Group 2A carcinogen to humans, and processed meats are officially-classified as a Group 1 carcinogens to humans, causing colorectal cancer.

Thus, it would be accurate to say that the rise in popularity of bacon, which has gone meme-tier in recent years, could serve as a viable form of population control.

I mean, people are PAYING to eat themselves to death. Literally!

But, that shouldn’t come as any shock, as many people are also willing to pay premium rates for cigarettes, which the smoke from contains 43 known carcinogenic compounds.

Don’t know about the rest of you, but I consider anyone paying someone else to kill them a qualifier for the Darwin Award. Whether it be the meat or tobacco industry, or what have you.

But, dickery aside, we have research showing that high intakes of heme iron from meat may be a dietary risk factor for both esophageal and stomach cancer, as well as colorectal cancer, or what I jokingly refer to as “ass cancer” on this channel.

And heme iron is readily found in animal products, like meat, fish and poultry, but not in plant foods.

Considering what we’ve learned, does it follow that vegans suffer cancer less than meat eaters? And if so, how much less?

Based on data from 61,647 British participants in the massive EPIC cohort study, vegans demonstrated a 19% lowered risk for ALL cancers compared to meat eaters.

The researchers had adjusted for factors such as age, sex, smoking status, alcohol use, exercise level, diet quality, and BMI. I am just putting that out there before anyone tries to argue that those results were simply because vegans live healthier lifestyles, on average, that omnivores.

People will literally clutch to any straw they possibly can in order NOT to change.

And while 19% may not be as grand as, say, 50, 75 or 100% — it is still significant and noteworthy!

Combine that with the fact that vegans also have a documented 29% lowered risk of heart disease mortality.

Which, according to the CDC, is THE number one killer, even over cancer.

As well as a 9% lowered risk of all-cause mortality, and possibly greater longevity, and I’d say, veganism is a comprehensive health win!

Plus, according to the massive EPIC study, after adjusting for factors such as age, BMI, smoking status, amount of exercise, time of day, time since last meal, and time between blood testing, it was found that vegans also have about 7% more total testosterone and 5% more free testosterone than do meat eaters.

Just to add some icing to that proverbial vegan cake.

Anyway, let me know what you all think in the comments below.


FastStats – Leading Causes of Death – CDC

IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat

Heme iron from meat and risk of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and stomach

Dietary heme iron and the risk of colorectal cancer with specific mutations in KRAS and APC

Cancer in British vegetarians: updated analyses of 4998 incident cancers in a cohort of 32,491 meat eaters, 8612 fish eaters, 18,298 vegetarians, and 2246 vegans

Cardiovascular Disease Mortality and Cancer Incidence in Vegetarians: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review

Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but
normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men

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