Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says
The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — can cause cancer. In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are “probably carcinogenic” to people.
The conclusion puts processed meats in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This does not mean that they are equally dangerous, says the International Agency for Research on Cancer — the agency within the WHO that sets the classifications.