News Roundup: Processed Meat Classified as Carcinogenic


This morning the World Health Organization (WHO) made an announcement that they are adding cured and processed meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and ham to a top-tier list of carcinogenic substances that includes alcohol, cigarettes, asbestos, and arsenic. The WHO also announced that red meat is linked to cancer, classifying beef lamb and pork as "probable" carcinogens in a second-tier list that also includes glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weed killers.

This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles related to the WHO classifying processed meat as carcinogenic.

Processed Meat Causes Cancer, World Health Organization Says.  Time. “The cancer agency of the WHO, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans.” This category already includes tobacco, mustard gas and formaldehyde. The agency found that eating 50 grams of processed meat – meat that has been salted, cured, fermented, smoked, or processed in another way– each day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.”

World Health Organization: Processed Meats Cause Cancer.  Huffington Post. “The agency estimates that a 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk for bowel cancer by 18 percent. That's about three slices of cooked bacon.”

Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meat linked to cancer, World Health Organization says.  Mashable. “The World Health Organization's cancer agency says processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon and other cancers, and red meat is probably cancer-causing as well. Researchers from the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, released an evaluation of more than 800 studies from several continents about meat and cancer.”

Bacon And Sausages Do Cause Cancer, Says World Health Organization.  Buzzfeed.  “Previously, processed meat had been included in the IARC’s “Group 2A”, or “probably carcinogenic to humans”, meaning that there was good evidence from animal trials and limited evidence from studies on humans that it caused cancer.” 

Beefing With the World Health Organization's Cancer Warnings. The Atlantic. “Here’s the thing: These classifications are based on strength of evidence not degree of risk. … So these classifications are not meant to convey how dangerous something is, just how certain we are that something is dangerous.”

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