WHO: Processed Meat Causes Cancer, Red Meat Could Too (Video)

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October 26, 2015 Updated: October 26, 2015

Say goodbye to your favorite meats, because having that burger could be as much of a health risk as having a smoke.

A research division of the World Health Organization released a report Monday that claims processed meats, like bacon and ham, cause bowel cancer — the  third most common cancer  in the world.

Health leaders say processed meats are as much of a cancer risk as cigarettes, alcohol and even asbestos. Red meat is also joining the list. Although fresh meat is considered slightly less of a risk than preserved products, researchers still found it can lead to cancer.

Last year,  sugar sales fell  right after health officials issued a warning on the overconsumption of sugar.

But the meat industry is fighting these new findings. The North American Meat Institute  criticized  the report, claiming it defied “both common sense and dozens of studies showing no correlation between meat and cancer.”According to The  Guardian , former Institute of Cancer research expert Richard Knox said, “Most cancer deaths will not be due to bowel cancer and even fewer linked to meat consumption.” Other researchers have also criticized the report, saying anything in moderation is not a health risk. 

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