Hot Dogs: Just Say No?

HiResThe WHO has just declared processed meats a cause of cancer, with unprocessed red meat coming in as 'probable.' Rick and I agree on PodMed that while we are generally in support of this assertion, published in the Lancet Oncology, we are also in favor of moderation in almost all things and may snack on a processed meat item now and then.  And at least Rick maintains that his Texas roots preclude a complete ban on barbecue, so red meats will still provide an occasional repast.  On what does this august body base this recommendation, which I admit smacks somewhat PC to me?  Here's what happened:

"In October, 2015, 22 scientists from ten countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, to evaluate the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. " In their examination of the body of evidence, which did not include any prospective, randomized studies, 800 epidemiological studies were included. The scientists discerned a dose-response relationship between consuming processed meats and development of cancer, specifically colorectal cancer.  While less robust, red meat consumption also conferred risk for colorectal, pancreas and prostate cancer.  Red,  by the way, includes mutton, lamb, goat and horse as well as the usual suspects beef and pork. What also seems clear from this analysis is that additional factors besides eating meat must also be operational.

Other topics this week include excess mortality associated with diabetes in NEJM, and two from JAMA: flavored tobacco product use among youth and almost 50 years of US mortality data. Until next week, y'all live well.

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