‘Cancer risk won’t put us off bacon and sausages’

Eating too much bacon can increase your risk of cancer, according to experts.
Eating too much bacon can increase your risk of cancer, according to experts.
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After a report that too much processed meat, including bacon and sausages, may be as bad for you as alcohol and tobacco we asked readers if they would continue to eat it.

Voting in our online poll, more than 90% of you told us that you would still eat bacon and sausages as normal, despite a report published by the World Health Organisation.

The report from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was enough evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of a causal link with bowel cancer.

Writing on Facebook, Charlotte Fiona McLelland said: “Yes, because I eat them occasionally as part of a balanced diet. Everything in moderation.”

Ian Hardy said: “Yes, if we did not eat or drink everything that is supposed to be bad for our health we might as well be dead anyway.”

Experts from the WHO department concluded that a 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.