On Monday, the World Health Organizations cancer research agency exploded into the news with a report claiming that processed meats cause cancer and red meats probably do as well. Its an admittedly dismaying headline, particularly in the United States, which has one of the highest levels of meat consumption in the world but experts are cautioning that its no cause for hysteria. Why the report seems so scary and why its not actually as bad as it sounds The WHO report includes two details in particular that may generate worry if misunderstood.
It’s an admittedly dismaying headline, particularly in the United States, which has one of the highest levels of meat consumption in the world — but experts are cautioning that it’s no cause for hysteria.
In fact, there have been so many misconceptions generated by the news that the WHO released a statement on Thursday, including the following clarifying message:
First, the report classifies processed meat as a Group I carcinogen, which many media outlets have noted puts it in the same category as cigarettes. That sounds pretty terrifying, given that smoking is responsible for 90% of all lung cancer cases and causes nearly one in every five deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more…