A new study says eating processed meats like bacon, sausage and ham could increase the risk of breast cancer.
Researchers combined data from 16 studies on breast cancer to come to their conclusions, which were published in the International Journal of Cancer.
The data suggests that the consumption of 25 to 30 grams of processed meat a day works out to a nine percent increase in breast cancer, putting women at greater risk than men. Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men.
“This systematic review and metaanalysis including prospective cohort studies of red meat and processed meat consumption provides evidence that higher consumption of processed meat is associated with higher risk of breast cancer. However, red meat was not a significant cause of breast cancer,” the study says.