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Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Red Meats Cause Cancer, says World Health Organization

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The conclusion puts processed meats in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This does not mean that they are equally dangerous, says theInternational Agency for Research on Cancer — the agency within the WHO that sets the classifications. And it's important to note that even things such as aloe vera are on the list of possible carcinogens.

In a Q & A released by the IARC, the agency says that "eating meat has known health benefits," but it also points out that the cancer risk increases with the amount of meat consumed. As we've reported, studies show that the heaviest meat eaters tend to have the highest risk.

Susan Gapstur of the American Cancer Society says the society recommends "consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting consumption of processed meat and red meat," she told us in a written statement.The IARC says high-temperature cooking methods (such as cooking meat in direct contact with a flame) produce more carcinogenic compounds. However, the group says there were not enough data "to reach a conclusion about whether the way meat is cooked affects the risk of cancer."

GLOBALLY they think a max of 34K people die of colon cancer due to meat every year -- out of 8.2 million cancer deaths. I'll take my chances on delightful bacon!

I recommend an apple chaser.  :)

Bacon and apple go together?! What kind of apple?

I wonder how much bacon one has to eat to get this type of cancer, which as Joyce points out, is rare among cancers.

Kind of the same concept as chicken apple sausage?

Yesh, the savory sweet yin yang.

I liked Bloomberg's infographic.

Yeah, that interactive infographic is wild!

How Red Meat Joined the 478 Other Things That Might Give You Cancer

After yesterday's kerfluffle:

The International Agency of Research into Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, is notable for two things. First, they’re meant to carefully assess whether things cause cancer, from pesticides to sunlight, and to provide the definitive word on those possible risks.

Second, they are terrible at communicating their findings.

In other words, processed meats definitely cause cancer for some people who eat too much of them.

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