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A study by WHO shows processed meat such as bacon can cause colorectal cancer

A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the consumption of bacon, processed meat, can cause colorectal cancer. The message sent by WHO will make you realize that the decision you made yesterday to eat hot dogs could have been a bad one.

The announcement was published in The Lancet Oncology by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), WHO (World health Organization) that found consumption of processed meat as harmful as smoking, in terms of cancer threat. The study will be published in the Volume 114 of IARC Monographs.

Processed meat can be described as meat that has been preserved or enhanced by flavors using fermentation, salting, curing, smoking, etc.

22 scientists were invited by the IARC who reviewed about 800 epidemiological studies. The global habits of processed meat and red meat consumption were examined by them. Processed meat was found as carcinogenic to humans due to the connection observed with colorectal cancer after the study. Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer of the large intestine of humans.

Finally, the carcinogens were classified into 5 groups by the IARC on the ground of the fact that supported the likelihood of a substance or action that will lead to cancer. The processed meat was classified into the Group 1, after the evaluation of IARC. Moreover, it is placed in comparable category such as the cigarettes and other tobacco related products that are found to be carcinogenic to humans.

Red meats like the unprocessed mutton, beef, pork, lamp, veal, goat or horse were placed into group 2A category meaning that the levels of cancer risk were in parallel with UV rays, inorganic lead and glyphosate, possibly carcinogenic to humans.

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