Bacon Linked to Higher Cancer Risk (Again)

January 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Anther day, another report of a study linking consumption of animal flesh to cancer. This time, it’s bacon and pancreatic cancer, which has one of the lowest rates of survival: Bacon linked to higher cancer risk – The Irish Times – Fri, Jan 13, 2012.

Photo of bacon on a plateThis is not exactly groundbreaking news, though: World Cancer Research Fund has recommended for years that all processed meats be excluded from human consumption because of their well-documented links to bowel cancer.

Perhaps, one day physicians and public health officials will begin to act on these research findings. Removing products known to cause illness and premature death from hospital menus would be a good start. Also, when a talk show host asks you in front of millions of viewers whether a “healthy diet” can include bacon and smoked meats, please do not be coy and answer “in great moderation” when research clearly calls for an unequivocal “no.” (Yes, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee: I am talking about your Nov. 28, 2011 appearance on the Colbert Report.)

For more information about diet and cancer, please visit The Cancer Project and

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