Experts in the World Health Organization have states that processed meat like hot dogs, ham, and bacon increase the risk of colon cancer as well as other red meats. However they did not specify how much is okay to consume. Others explained that the increased risk of cancer is relatively small compared to other factors such as alcohol, asbestos, and tobacco smoke. Dr. John Loannidis, the chairman of disease prevention at Stanford University, stated in the article that the risk that is associated with smoking and drinking are much higher than the association of red meat that risks people for cancer. “Smoking causes a roughly 20-fold increase in a person’s risk of developing lung and other types of cancer, and every year it results in about a million deaths worldwide” (O’Connor, 7). For every serving of processed meat consumers about 1.1 or 1.2 of factor increases, expect the amount of deaths that should occur according to the increasing fact is far more than actual. It said that the type of cancer that can be developed are colorectal, pancreatic and prostate.
After reading this article I was actually surprised because I have always heard people say how healthy it is to eat meat because of the protein. If it increases the risk of cancers and especially prostate cancer, I wonder if it has anything to do with the genes males have. Based on the article, smoking and drinking is worse than eating meat, which I totally agreed. Smaller portions of red meat might be helping when considering the risk of cancers.