Eating Processed Meat Increases Risk of Cancer and NOT "Gets Cancer"

"The Cancer review on processed meat does not ask people to stop eating meat, but to reduce intake to lower cancer risk" as stated by World Health Organization in their official twitter account. But the report was posted by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Note, IARC was established 50 years ago through a resolution of the World Health Assembly as a functionally independent cancer agency under the guidance of WHO.

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In a Two-Pages Press release, IARC highlighted that "The experts concluded that each 50gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%" ”These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat ,” says Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC. Dr Wild even mentioned that Red Meat has nutritional value. Now, let CFB gives you a summary.

1. In a day, a person should eat less than 50 gram of processed meat daily. Meaning, you should eat less than two slices of ham or bacon per reports.

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2. The IARC report said "increases the risk of colorectal cancer". This means, eating processed or red meat won't allow your body to get Cancer but there's a risk of Cancer. Risk is different from getting a disease.

3. WHO highlighted, "The latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats but indicates that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer."
Anatomy of the lower digestive system. Photo by Cancer.Gov

4. What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and the rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is the lower part of the body’s digestive system (Cancer.Gov)

NOTE: Early next year, IARC will meet again and review this latest findings and soon implement a corresponding healthy diet which includes red meat.

Bottomline, people can still eat processed or red meat in less than 50 grams daily and of course, add some fruits and vegetables to your diet plus daily exercises.

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  1. There are I believe other sources of protein needed by our body aside from meat so I think I have to know what are those.