Cancer and the Consumption of Red and Processed Meat

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According to a 10/26/15 article in The Lancet Oncology entitled: “Carcinogenicity of Consumption of Red and Processed Meat” reported by a number of scientists “on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Working Group,” found the consumption of processed meat “as ‘carcinogenic to humans’ (Group 1) on the basis of sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer.” In addition, a “positive association with the consumption of processed meat was found for stomach cancer.”

The Working Group also classified the “consumption of red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ (Group 2A).”

The IARC Working Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) was composed of “22 scientists from ten countries” and met in October 2015 in order to “evaluate the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.” The Working Group “assessed more than 800 epidemiological studies that investigated the association of cancer with consumption of red or processed meat in many countries, from several continents, with diverse ethnicities and diets.”

The Lancet Oncology report can be found on this link.

The World Health Organization (WHO) link. articles are provided for informational purposes only and do not advocate any particular course of action.

Dr. Fuhrman

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