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?