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Does burning your food increase your risk of getting cancer?

I've been told that I shouldn't eat charred meat (and at least sweep the charring off of a barbequeued sausage), because it can cause cancer. I've had a look at what I can find on the subject, and it seems a little open to interpretation to me (one study I looked at could equally have been interpreted that a genetic predisposition to enjoying well-cooked meat increases the probability of cancer.)

Is there any hard science on the subject?

marked as duplicate by Oddthinking Nov 23 '11 at 13:34

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  • @Oddthinking It's a fair cop. – Kaz Dragon Nov 23 '11 at 13:50
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    :-) I hope this isn't seen as "being caught", but as helpful, because there is already an accepted answer there (admittedly from me, which is why I knew the duplicate existed...) – Oddthinking Nov 23 '11 at 14:02
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    @Oddthinking Not at all - I did look at the suggested questions list, but I don't think it came up because I put "charred" instead of "burned". – Kaz Dragon Nov 23 '11 at 14:47
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    This terminologyy confusion sounds like a good reason to keep this question and NOT delete it, so it's searchable. (this was a note to anyone considering hitting "delete" link) – user5341 Nov 23 '11 at 18:11

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