ESSENCE Poll: How Concerned Are You About Processed Meat Being Linked to Cancer?

The World Health Organization has placed processed meats in the same category as smoking when it comes to the chance of developing cancer. How concerned are you about this information?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has some really bad news for meat lovers. 

According to CNN, WHO released a report Monday placing processed meats like bacon and sausages in the same category as smoking and asbestos for causing cancer.

The report revealed that as little as two slices of bacon can increase the risk of colorectal or bowel cancer by as much as 18%.

Although they are in the same category as smoking WHO specified that processed meats may not be equally dangerous.

"For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed," Dr Kurt Straif from the WHO said in a statement.

How concerned are you about this information? Are you willing to give up bacon and other processed meats? Sound off below!

QUESTION:
How concerned are you regarding warnings about processed meat?
Not at all
11%
I'll look into changing my eating habits
12%
Very concerned
39%
Everything in moderation
38%
Total votes: 76

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