Yes, the rumours are true. Bacon and other processed meats have been deemed a Group 1 carcinogen. Sorry Jim Gaffigan.
The announcement last week has left people quite surprised. Not because they thought that processed meats were bad, (they already knew that) but because now the World Health Organization (WHO) has told us they're bad. So now people have to pay attention. The WHO reported that "with each 50g portion of processed meat you eat, there is an 18% increased risk in colon cancer...this is among people with a higher intake of processed foods." Associations were also seen with pancreatic and prostate cancers but they weren't mentioned much of in this report.
So what else is considered a Group 1 carcinogen?:
Arsenic, Asbestos, Benzene, Cadmium, Diesel Exhaust, Hepatitis, HIV, Oral Contraceptives, Plutonium, Tamoxifen, Tobacco, and X-rays just to name a few.
So what is colon cancer?
Colorectal cancer is a neoplasm or over growth of cells that can grow anywhere within your large intestine. This is where you normally reabsorb water and your fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K).
Why do we care?
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer and 2nd leading cause of deaths.
It is estimated that in 2015:
Remember, the best diet is variety.
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC