World Health Organization: Processed Meats Cause Cancer

October 26, 2015 12:01 PM

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World Health Organization: Processed Meats Cause Cancer

PARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while redmeat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.

The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is "sufficient evidence" of cancer links.

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