Saturday, November 7, 2015

Does Bacon Cause Cancer?


Many may have heard that the World Health Organization announced that bacon is considered a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning "carcinogenic to humans". Media sources have capitalized on it with headlines reading "BACON CAUSES CANCER!!!" This article addresses the questions people have regarding the actual meaning of this classification. Although other Group 1 carcinogens include tobacco and asbestos, the WHO clarifies that the scale only denotes the strength of the scientific evidence proving its carcinogenic properties, not its threat level. The WHO states that the consumption of processed and red meats is not dangerous as a whole, but it would be wise to be aware of one's intake.

Will you continue to eat bacon?
How can health organizations educate the public on their research findings without causing unnecessary panic?
Do you think the U.S.'s high cancer rate is related to high red meat consumption?

12 comments:

  1. I don;t think I could ever stop eating bacon, it just tastes way too good. Health organizations can educate the public on their research without causing unnecessary panic by controlling peoples awareness of their findings and slowly ease them into the subject. I think the U.S.'s high cancer rate has a lot to do with the high amount of red meat consumption because a lot of Americans don't care what the eat as long as it tastes good or because they just think meat is high in protein so it's good for them when it really isn't

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    1. I agree with your reasons why Americans eat too much red meat. I think it's important to distribute research like this in order to educate the public on healthy eating habits as a whole, as the problem seems to be a lack of nutritional education.

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  2. I will continue to eat bacon. Bacon is one of my favorite foods so it is something that will be nearly impossible for me to give up. Instead of giving up bacon I can limit the amount of times I eat bacon. I can have bacon on special occasions instead of having bacon weekly. Health organizations can educate the public by letting people know the cons of certain foods and informing people how to live a healthier life. I believe that the U.S.'s high cancer rate is related to high red meat consumption. This is because Americans eat a lot of red meat and some people eat red meat daily. Having red meat daily will increase your chance for cancer. People should limit the amount of red meat they eat in order to reduce the risk of getting cancer.

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  3. I will continue to eat bacon. Although it may cause cancer it isn't a thing that you eat every day so the effect of it isn't as bad as other cancer causing things like smoking.

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  4. I never liked bacon in the first place so I don't think i would ever try it not because I sorta knew it would lead to some kind of harm to your body besides give you diabetes. I don't think cancer rates are increacing just because of increase in red meat consumption. It has to do with a lot of thinks like smoking and genetics. But red meat does relate to high rate in cancer. Compared to all the other countries I believe that US has the highest cancer rate due to a lot of factors.

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  5. this article relates to me seeing as i like to neat bacon like the rest of america, besides there are so many things that cause cancer nowadays that people may live in fear. I think however we should be motivated to surpass fear and risk our lives in order to live free and die hard

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  6. I will eat bacon till the day I die even on my deathbed I will be eating bacon. Health organizations can educate the public by telling them to limit themselves. I think the U.S.'s high cancer rate has a lot to do with red meat consumption and most people doesn't care about what they eat

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  7. I don't usually eat bacon that much because I don't like it, but I do believe that bacon causes cancer because almost everything causes cancer. I think that the food industry should let people know that it is dangerous but I don't think that they can easily get their point across because people will continue eating bacon even if they know it's bad for them. People love bacon! Red meat doesn't seem like it wouldn't be too bad for you but I know it probably isn't the best thing to eat. I still eat red meat because I like it even if it is bad for me.

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    1. I definitely agree with Anna! People really just love bacon! Most people tend to continue to do things even knowing the harmful circumstances of the products. Example A: Bacon. Eating almost anything these days causes cancer and they don't really have enough awareness out their for people to even know that.

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  8. I have been eating bacon since I was younger, and it has become one of my favorite foods, so I do not see the point to stop eating it if there are no definitely health risks. Since there are only risks if Ii eat too much bacon, then I can cut back on how much bacon I eat. I also think there should be talks about red meat on the news, and talk shows to help get people aware of potential health risks.

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  9. I think that eating bacon is more of a taboo fad that is "murican" and it not surprising that is a carciongian considering is has a huge strip of fat right down the middle. i will never eat bacon again and this just justifies me even more.

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  10. I love bacon. I cannot stop eating it Im sorry lol. Id rather die fast and happy with my bacon then live a long and sad life without my bacon. I do not think meat is the big issue with cancer. we should do more research and start informing students with the dangers bacon can cause.

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