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Young unaware of cancer risks from meat

19th July 2010

A survey has revealed that most young people are unaware that having too many bacon sandwiches or other processed meats increases the risk of bowel cancer.

The World Cancer Research Fund found that only a third of 18 to 24-year-olds (32%) are aware there is a link between consumption of processed meats such as ham and bacon and bowel cancer, compared with 41% of 45 to 54-year-olds. Experts believe the number of bowel cancer cases could be reduced by 3,800 if people ate less than 70g of processed meat a week.

 

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