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The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — cause cancer. The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — cause cancer.
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The World Health Organization announced Monday that processed meats, such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs, cause cancer. The WHO also said red meats, including beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic" to humans. 

The study was conducted by a group of 22 scientists who reviewed the evidence linking red meat and processed meat consumption to cancer, and concluded that eating processed meats regularly increases the risk the colorectal cancer. 

The study puts processed meats in the category of cancer risk as smoking tobacco and asbestos, however they said this does not mean they are equally dangerous. 

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency within the WHO, said eating meat does have health benefits, but the risk of cancer increases with the amount of meat consumed. 

The American Cancer Society says they recommend "consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting the consumption of processed meat and red meat. 

The study points out that red meat also contains "high biological-value proteins and important micronutrients such as B vitamins, iron and zinc." 

Responding to the study, the North American Meat Institute says lots of research points to the benefits of eating red meat. 

"Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health," said Barry Carpenter, president of the North American Meat Institute.

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