Processed meats can cause cancer : WHO

Processed meats can cause cancer : WHO

Processed meats can cause cancer : WHO

Written by Staff Writer

27 Oct, 2015 | 3:49 pm

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) processed meats such as bacon , sausages and ham do cause cancer.

The review by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released on Monday, said additionally that there was some link between the consumption of red meat and pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day , less than two slices of bacon increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

IARC classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” on its group one list along with tobacco and asbestos, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.

Red meat was classified as probably carcinogenic in IARC’s group 2A list, joining glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.

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