MEAT: Cancer Risk Awareness Rising

The Medical News Today website is currently carrying an article in which is highlights that the World Cancer Research Fund has released ‘encouraging’ new statistics that show an increased number of British adults are now aware of the cancer risks attached to eating processed meat compared to five years ago.

Comparing two YouGov polls showed that in November 2010 only 34 per cent of the British adult population was aware of the cancer risks of eating processed meat, but that by November 2015, following the World Health Organization’s warning about processed meat, awareness hd increased to 50 per cent. Awareness in men increased from 35 per cent to 49 per cent and in women increased from 33 per cent to 51 per cent.

World Cancer Research Fund has shown there is strong evidence that eating 50 grams of processed meat per day – the equivalent of one rasher of bacon – increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent. The strong evidence also shows that eating more than 500 grams of red meat (cooked weight) increases the risk of developing bowel cancer.

More on this and a huge range of other health issues on the Medical News Today website.


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