Meat Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, W.H.O. Report Finds

Meat Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, W.H.O. Report Finds
 

Sausages, ham and other processed meats cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too, a UN agency warned.

A review of 800 studies from around the world found "sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer," said the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The category includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked—hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.

For every 50 grammes (1.8 ounces) of meat eaten on a daily basis, the population-wide risk of developing colon cancer was 18 percent higher, said the agency.

This meant enlarging the group of people likely to develop bowel cancer in their lifetime from six to seven out of every 100 who eat a three-rasher bacon sandwich every single day, explained statistician.

The IARC agreed the cancer risk was statistically "small", but "increases with the amount of meat consumed."

For unprocessed red meat—beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse or goat, the review found "strong" evidence of a link, but not convincing enough to place it in the group of confirmed cancer-causing agents which includes tobacco smoke, asbestos, and now also salami.

The agency cited research attributing about 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide to diets high in processed meat.

"It is not yet fully understood" how cancer risk was increased, the agency added—speculating about the potential role of chemicals that form during meat processing or cooking.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/health/report-links-some-types-of-cancer-with-processed-or-red-meat.html?_r=

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