There is no connection between eating meat and developing breast cancer, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Retired Persons.

The study examined 120,755 postmenopausal women who provided information about what they ate during 1995 and 1996, when the research took place.

The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, also included detailed information about meat preparation methods.

During the eight years following the study period, 3,818 of the women developed breast cancer.

Leading researcher Geoffrey C. Kabat at Albert Einstein College in New York concluded the findings “do not support the hypothesis that a high intake of meat, red meat, processed meat, meat cooked at high temperatures or meat mutagens is associated with increased risk of breast cancer.”