Bacon, sausages, ham cause cancer: WHO

Bacon, sausages, ham cause cancer: WHO
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Processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The report releleased on Monday said 50g of processed meat a day, less than two slices of bacon, increased the chance of developing cancer by 18%, The BCC reported.

Processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The report releleased on Monday said 50g of processed meat a day, less than two slices of bacon, increased the chance of developing cancer by 18%, The BCC reported.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were “probably carcinogenic” but there was limited evidence. The WHO did stress that meat also had health benefits. Cancer Research UK said this was a reason to cut down rather than give up red and processed meats. And added that an occasional bacon sandwich would do little harm.
Processed meat is meat that has been modified to increase its shelf-life or alter its taste, such as by smoking, curing or adding salt or preservatives.
It is these additions which could be increasing the risk of cancer. High temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque, can also create carcinogenic chemicals. T
he WHO has come to the conclusion on the advice of its International Agency for Research on Cancer, which assesses the best available scientific evidence.
It has now placed processed meat in the same category as plutonium, but also alcohol as they definitely do cause cancer. However, this does not mean they are equally dangerous.
A bacon sandwich is not as bad as smoking. Estimates suggest 34,000 deaths from cancer every year could be down to diets high in processed meat.
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