Cancer:Its still save to eat meat – WHO

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The World Health Organisation International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) caused shock waves few days ago y when it released a report analyzing 800 studies from around the world, concluding that processed meats such as sausages, ham, and hot dogs cause bowel cancer, and red meat “probably” causes cancer as well.

The United Nations agency cited research attributing about 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide to diets high in processed meat.

The agency acknowledged this was dwarfed by the estimated one million cancer deaths attributed to tobacco smoking, 600,000 to alcohol use, and more than 200,000 to air pollution every year.

“The latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats, but indicates that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer,” WHO said in a statement.

However, meat producers slams the report and an Australian Agriculture minister calls is a “farce” and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) saying IARC “tortured the data to ensure a specific outcome”

Ana abattoir at Agege
Ana abattoir at Agege

The WHO however stressed Thursday that IARC’s review merely confirmed the UN health agency’s 2002 diet and nutrition recommendations, urging people “to moderate consumption of preserved meat to reduce the risk of cancer.”

“The latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats, but indicates that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer,” WHO said in a statement.

It pointed out that it has a standing group of experts who regularly evaluate the links between diet and disease.

“Early next year they will meet to begin looking at the public-health implications of the latest science and the place of processed meat and red meat within the context of an overall healthy diet,” WHO said.

SOURCES: PM News, Gistmie

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