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Processed meats raise cancer risk, WHO says

Processed meats like bacon and sausages really do contribute to cancer risk, BBC reports. After reviewing the evidence linking cancer to red and processed meats, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it will classify processed meats as carcinogenic, and unprocessed red meat as “probably carcinogenic.” But the risk is slight compared with that of other cancer-causing products such as cigarettes. Fifty grams of processed meat a day—about two slices of bacon—increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%, according to the report on which WHO based its decision. 

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