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on 03 August 2006 02:22:00 PM. © The Cancer Blog
Filed under: Prevention, Research, Diets
If at the smoky smell and sizzling sound of frying bacon you go mmmm....Bacon! then you might be dismayed by a review
published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that suggests processed meats might be a cause of stomach cancer. But might
is a big word in this specific report.
One, they don't have enough evidence to say for certain that bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, ham, and smoked or cured meat leads to an increased risk for stomach cancer. Two, the researchers did not take into account other studies of processed meats consumption that do reflect an increased risk of stomach cancer in those who also suffer from Helicobacter pylori infection. Early thought on this is that the infection in combination with processed meats consumption might be what increases stomach cancer risk. Definitive evidence is still not conclusive.
Consuming multiple servings of processed meats on a weekly basis is not a good idea, and most people know that. The news of this ambiguous review of previous studies still leaves the question wide open as to stomach cancer risks in relation to a diet of processed meats. Which begs the question: why did they release the findings of this report as significant news? It makes for a good news hook to attract more readers and television viewers, but I don't think it really tells us much in the way that we can take with us to the breakfast table.Read
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