New research shows a link between foods like bacon and sausage and breast cancer risk. The study in the International Journal Of Cancer looks at 15 previous studies and finds eating processed meats is associated with a nearly 10% higher breast cancer risk.
“When we look at all the evidence together there is an increased risk of breast cancer with diets high in processed meats,” said study author Dr. Mariana Stern, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Processed meats like bacon, ham, sausage and deli meats including turkey are altered to improve flavor and preservation. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified processed meat as a carcinogen because studies show it can increase risk for colorectal and potentially stomach cancers.
Dr. Mariana Stern says avoiding processed meats is key and red meat should be limited to about 18 ounces per week. She also recommends limiting your consumption of alcohol and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet.