New study says eating bacon is just as big a cancer risk as smoking

The findings come after scientists from 10 countries conducted a study that compiled years of data.

The world is officially a sadder place.

According to the World Health Organization, bacon is a lot worse for us than we thought – and it could be just as big a cancer threat as smoking. Yes, smoking.

The findings come after scientists from 10 countries conducted a study that compiled years of data.

From the Daily Mail:

Dr. Rachel Thompson, of the World Cancer Research Fund UK, said: ‘If people can avoid it [processed meat], they should. It’s better to get what you need from fresh red meat.

‘Processed meat contains more salt and fat and there is likely to be a higher cancer risk from the actual processing.’

She added: ‘If there’s someone who has a bacon sandwich every morning and a ham sandwich for lunch, they are at higher risk. They should really try to cut down.’

Government guidelines introduced in 2011 recommend that adults eat no more than 70g of red or processed meat each day – equivalent to one small sausage or two rashers of bacon a day or one lamb chop every other day.

The four-year study which focused on 500,000 middle-aged men and women found that those who ate red or processed meat four or more times a week were 42 per cent more likely to develop bowel cancer than those who had it less than once a week.

Experts think a chemical called “haem” in red and processed meat attacks the DNA of cells in the digestive system, which leads to cancer. The findings of the study, which are set to be released Monday, has caused virtual panic in the meat industry.


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  1. Jonathan Berman

    October 25, 2015 at 8:20 am

    The title of the article says it IS as big a risk,
    The article says it COULD be as big a risk…
    This is what we call clickbait, and there is no link even to the study… just some common sense we all already know, don’t eat so much processed red meat… there is no integrity in internet journalism, and we need to make laws to stop the disinformation get rich model…

  2. Mike Davis

    October 25, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Jonathan’s comments are premature. First, it is referenced to the World Health Organization, an objective, scientific group of world scientists. Second, it says the report will be released Monday. We should reserve judgement until we have the report and the facts, not react to an early headline.

  3. Jonathan Berman

    October 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Fair enough, I suppose I have become a bit jaded by internet journalism because there is so much shady clickbait junk out there, it’s almost impossible to trust anyone anymore.

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  5. Michael Vinson

    October 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I think this is a conspiracy to turn us all vegan. No thanks.
    Or maybe there’s some religious motive behind it? There are a couple out there that ban eating pork….

  6. Mike Potter

    October 26, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Been eating Bacon all my life. Lovin’ it and no intentions of stopping. Yes Susan Sarra Kelly, that’s the way it was.

  7. Nero Augustus

    January 29, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Everything causes cancer these days. We’re all going to die eventually anyway, why avoid the things we love just to prolong our miserable lives?

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