Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that
the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.
“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat
remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed”, says Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the
IARC Monographs Programme. The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance.