WHO: Processed meat linked to cancer; red meat is risky too

By Ana Bottary

abottary@abc6.com 

It’s a sight lots of people drool over, a bacon cheeseburger! but recent findings from the World Health Organization, may make you think twice before taking a bite.

"It’s been an unanswered question, what really is the risk here, and what they concluded was processed meat is clearly linked to cancer. Particularly colon cancer. Red meat probably is," says ABC News Chief Health & Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser.

According to the world health organization, 50 grams of processed meat a day which is less than two slices of bacon, can increases the chances of getting colorectal cancer by 18 percent. We were curious to find out how restaurants are taking this news about the dangers of red and processed meats. We headed to North Attleboro, to speak with Katie Cerrone, owner of KC’s burger bar.

"Studies come out all of the time saying, this causes cancer that causes cancer, and people have been eating red meat for much longer than we’ve been around…But on the other hand of course, red meat like any other food or beverage should be consumed in moderation,"says Cerrone.

We asked people if the WHO study will cause them to cut back on the amount of processed and red meat, that they eat. Reactions were mixed.

"I mean it could. I’m sure they are going to do more studies on it, I guess we will just wait and see,"says one customer at the burger bar.

"Every couple of years they come up with a study saying something causes cancer, so it’s not really going to do much for me,"adds another.

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