Oct 26, 2015 1:21 PM

International Agency for Cancer Research announces hot dogs, bacon, red meats possibly linked to cancer


The World Health Organization's cancer agency came out with a report Monday stating bacon, ham and other processed meats can cause cancer, while eating red meat "probably" can cause cancer.

According to USA Today, the International Agency for Cancer Research said the risk of developing cancer from meat is small but does rise based on the amount of meat a person consumes.

The IARC report labeled processed meat as a carcinogen to humans, placing it in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.

The report described processed meat as meat transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking "or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation."

The most popular processed meats in the U.S. are hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, canned meat and beef jerky.

The IARC report stated it researched more than 800 studies that looked at possible links between types of cancers and consumption of red or processed meat.

Experts reported that each 50 gram - or 1.75 ounce portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

The IARC director Christopher Wild also said red meat has nutritional value and to limit the intake in your diet.


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