Bacon versus cigarettes, the cancer challenge

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We live in a world of great denial, where people go about their day to day lives ignoring realities from the basic to the unreal. As people, we choose to believe our opinions, which by the way are an ever-changing element of the human psyche. We ignore tested, researched and proven scientific studies all because we read or heard something somewhere.

This article aims to open peoples eyes to the realities around them.

According to CANSA, cancer kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. That is not hearsay, it is a fact.

CANSA sets about promoting cancer awareness and research so do the Global Cancer Observatory (GCO). The GCO is an interactive web-based platform presenting global cancer statistic on cancer control and cancer research.

According to its Globocan 2012, the most commonly diagnosed cancers around the world are lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectum (bowel or colon) cancer.

Furthermore, the most common cancer-related deaths stem from lung, liver and stomach malignancies.

With people around the world aware of items that can cause cancer, it seems bacon is on the same list as cigarettes when it comes to cancer. Yes, you read correctly, bacon is a cancer king. But people will ignore this, because it tastes nice…

Live Science explains in an article that research published during September 2018 in the International Journal of Cancer Research, looked at 15 previous studies, including a total of more than 1.2 million women, focused on the link between breast cancer and processed meat.

The research finds that individuals who consume approximately 25 to 30 grams a day have about a 9% higher risk of breast cancer than those who eat about 2 to 5 grams of processed meat a day.

As scary as this might sound, the World Health Organisation announced in March of 2018 that processed meat is a carcinogen (a substance which can cause cancer in living tissue). The WHO’S research finds that a daily 50-gram portion of meat which has been cured, salted, smoked or preserved, which includes ham, bacon and sausages, increases the chances of colorectal cancer by a staggering 18%.

In fact, WHO says it is certain that these foods cause cancer, as they are certain that cigarettes cause cancer!

Let’s see what’s worse, in the bacon versus cigarette challenge?


According to the Business Insider, smoking cigarettes leads to 86% of all lung cancers and 19% of all cancers.

In the case against processed meats such as bacon, processed meat is responsible for 21% of all bowel cancers, as well as 3% of all cancers.

Can you eat bacon? While bacon is now in the same boat as smoking, understanding that consuming it or giving it to your family dramatically increases their chances of cancer. So you be the judge, at the end of the day it is your life after all.

However, no doctor will ever give the thumbs up for smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

Furthermore, while one can never be sure they will escape the clutches of cancer, they can follow healthier diets and eat more of cancer-protective produce, such as tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, and cabbage.

What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy bacon? Will, you ever give it up to ensure your chances of getting cancer are minimised? Or will you keep on eating bacon and enjoy a cigarette afterwards? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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