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Meat and cancer link in the headlines again

Posted 26 August 2008

Yet again meat products have been issued with a health warning. Reports in the media today (Tuesday 26th August) state 'traditional full English fry-ups may raise the risk of bowel cancer by 63 per cent'. This follows the release of a major report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) that warned that red meat - such as beef, pork and lamb - and processed meats are strongly linked to bowel cancer. Professor Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF now warns, 'the safest amount [of processed meat] to eat is none at all'.

Bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the UK, which is not surprising considering the British meat habit. In fact, a quarter of all cancers are thought to be diet related. Studies have shown that those who follow a meat-free diet have a lower risk of suffering from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes as well as some cancers. Switching to a meat-free diet means you can still eat veggie sausages, ham and bacon, that look and taste like meat, but don’t come with the health risks associated with eating animal products. Going veggie means you will also save the lives of animals killed for food each year and is one of the single most effective steps any individual can take towards reducing their impact on the environment.

The scientific evidence that meat causes high levels of cancer is now overwhelming. It’s time that meat was marketed with a government health warning in the way that tobacco now is. Meanwhile, the public continues to be conned into contributing millions of pounds each year for cancer research involving appallingly cruel experiments on animals. People can help themselves by avoiding the products that help kill them - and they can help animals by not contributing to their suffering in laboratories.

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