Monday, 26 October 2015

WHO experts say processed meat can cause cancer, red meat probably can

Eating processed meat like hot dogs can cause bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Monday.

The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat like hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is "sufficient evidence" of cancer links.

The risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer due to consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed.



Red meat, under which the IARC includes beef, lamb and pork, was classified as a "probable" carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.

The lower classification for red meat reflected "limited evidence" that it causes cancer. The IARC found links mainly with bowel cancer, but also observed associations with pancreatic and prostate cancer, it said.

Wow! I'm definitely going to reduce my consumption of red meat even further. 

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