Consuming Processed Meats Increases the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer


According to a recent paper, eating highly processed meats increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers state that women who frequently consume processed meat, such as ham, bacon or hot dogs, are 9 percent more likely to get sick that those who do not eat such foods too often.

The relation of processed meats with various forms of cancer

The fact that processed meats (including ham, bacon, hot dogs, salami and others) are a carcinogen is well-known amongst the majority of researchers. So far, most of the studies were focused on the relation between consuming such foods and prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. This time, however, a group of scientists decided to see if there is any connection between eating processed meats and breast cancer.

Eating processed meats increases the risk of developing breast cancer

In their research, whose results were published in the International Journal of Cancer, the scientists used data gathered from 16 prospective observational studies that were focused on this problem. The analyzed data clearly shows that eating high amounts of processed meat (between 25 and 30 grams per day) increases the risk of developing a breast cancer by 9 percent compared to women who consume very low amounts of it (between 0 and 2 grams per day). On the other hand, the consumption of unprocessed red meat does not pose any significant risk.

Maryam S. Farvid, a lead author of the analysis and a researcher in the department of nutrition at Harvard, strongly recommends that women should reduce the amount of processed meat they consume. As for the analysis, it does not explain why eating processed meat has such effect on a woman’s body, but Farvid suspects that there could be a connection between breast cancer and the preservatives that this type of meat has.


Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.


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