The WHO will soon declare that processed meat can increase the risk of colon cancer, according to many papers:
- Independent.co.uk: Bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, claims WHO report
- Mail Online: Bacon, burgers and sausages are a cancer risk, say world health chiefs: Processed meats added to list of substances most likely to cause disease alongside cigarettes and asbestos
So are they right that there is a connection between processed meat and colon cancer? Yes, probably. I wrote about this in detail seven months ago:
However, the media frenzy with comparisons to smoking is misguided. Eating plenty of processed meat is associated with about a 20% increased risk of colon cancer. Smoking is associated with a 1,000%+ increased risk of lung cancer, as well as an increased risk of many other cancers. 20% is not 1,000%.
There’s a reason why it took about fifteen minutes to prove the correlation between smoking and lung cancer way back in the 1950s, while the correlation between processed meat and colon cancer is arguably still controversial. The risk increase is just tiny in comparison.
More details and advice in the earlier post: Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?