By Khadijah Forrest

Springfield, MO – The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded Oct. 26 the consumption of red meat and processed meat can increase the risk of cancer.

The World Health Organization says a portion of 50 grams of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

However, some who consume meat daily say they are not terrified by the results.

“I think you’re always scared that you’ll get cancer but there are too many other factors besides processed meat that could give you that,” said Donna Koehler, a Springfield resident.

According to WHO’s press release, over dozens of types of cancers were associated with the consumption of processed meat.

“I read that the study – the information I got – they used like just questionaries’ that people filled out about what they’ve eaten over the last ten years so I don’t know how accurate it’s going to be,” said Republic resident, Mike Watts.

The IARC working group said they considered more than 800 studies that investigated the consumption of processed meats in many countries and populations.

“I think its other lifestyle factors,” Watts explained. “How much exercise you get, what other foods do you eat, where is the meat that their consuming come from? Is it like a Burger King burger or is it actually like a healthy piece of steak that they grilled themselves?”

WHO said this study was conducted due to the large number of people who consume processed meat every day.

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