Processed Meat Increases Bowel Cancer Risk

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Eating processed meat every day may increase for developing bowel cancer.

Scientists from World Cancer Research Fund reported that 1.8oz (50g) of processed meat daily can increase the risk for developing bowel cancer by a fifth. Research suggests that while processing meat some substances like N-nitroso compounds may be produced, which may cause cancer.


Bowel cancer is the second dangerous cancer after lung cancer, and researchers urge that prevention actions are very important. 1 out of 20 people develop bowel cancer and 16000 people die of the disease annually.

Study examined processed meat - meat that is prepared by smoking, curing, salting or chemical additives. Research brings 'ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, hot dogs, and sausages' as examples of processed meat.

The research also mentions red meat as cause of bowel cancer, but it is still less cancer causing than processed meat. Research brings 'beef, pork and lamb' as examples of processed meat. However, researchers also remind about important nutrients contained in meat and they recommend '17.6oz(500g) of cooked red meat a week' and avoid all types of processed meat.

Scientists believe that almost half of all cancers can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle, particularly 'healthier diet, using sunscreen, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake.'