Red Meats and Processed Meats Raise Cancer Risk
On Oct. 26, 2015, the cancer agency for the World Health Organization (the International Agency for Research on Cancer or IARC) placed red meats and processed meats into their group system that lists cancer-causing agents. The IARC consists of 22 experts from 10 countries. Cancer-causing agents are referred to as carcinogenic agents. This grouping of carcinogenic agents is based on evidence either:
- that they can cause cancer (group 1) or
- that they probably can cause cancer (group 2A) in humans.
This has caused quite a stir in many arenas, especially the beef-producing companies.