Researchers: Processed Meats Cause Cancer

World Health Organization Releases New Warning

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The World Health Organization has a new warning about breakfast favorites like ham and sausage.

It says processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers and red meat is probably cancer-causing as well.

Researchers looked at more than 800 studies about meat and cancer.

They say processed meat is ‘carcinogenic to humans’ and put it in the same danger category as smoking or asbestos.

“Stop smoking and eat less red meat, but the key here is that processed meat is the worst. The processing of meat is what really puts the dangerous chemicals in,” said Dr. Marc Siegel, FOX News Medical ‘A’ Team.

Does this mean we have to give up hot dogs and hamburgers all together?

The agency didn’t have enough data to define exactly how much processed meat is too dangerous, but says the risk grows with the amount consumed.

That’s why some doctors say it might be best to eat such foods in moderation until scientists know more.

“So it’s not that all red meat is bad, or that eating a hamburger is going to be causing colon cancer. It’s how much intake and how much over time there’s going to be,” said Dr. Arun Swaminath, a gastroenterologist.

The meat industry calls the new findings ‘alarmist’ and argues cancer isn’t caused by a specific food, but also involves lifestyle and environmental factors. 

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