WHO: Processed meat linked to cancer; red meat is risky, too

October 26, 2015 4:01 PM

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PARIS (AP) — Hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and other processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers, and red meat probably contributes to the disease, too, the World Health Organization said Monday, throwing its considerable authority behind what many doctors have been warning for years.

WHO's cancer agency analyzed decades of research on the subject and issued its most definitive statement yet, putting processed meats in the same danger category as smoking or asbestos, though that doesn't mean, say, salami is as bad as cigarettes.

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