7 foods that can potentially increase your risk of getting cancer

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Over the past few years, public health organizations, academic studies, and governing bodies have linked a few foods and beverages to increased cancer risk and have labeled them ccarcinogenic, something capable of causing cancer.

Here are some foods that, when consumed, have been linked to potentially increasing one’s risk of getting cancer. 

Alcohol has been identified as a known carcinogen.

Alcohol is recognized as a known carcinogen by major authorities such as the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health.

According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol consumption has been linked to head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, and other cancers

Your cancer risk can be affected by how much you drink, especially over time, but as a rule of thumb, the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends drinking no more than one standard drink per day for women and two per day for men.

Processed meat, like hot dogs, sausages, and beef jerky, are proven carcinogens.

The World Health Organization defines processed meat as meat or meat byproduct that has been „transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes.“ 

The research on this is fairly recent, so the organization does not endorse a specific amount as a safe limit. The World Health Organization, however, reported studies do provide reliable evidence to confirm that processed meat is a carcinogen, and consuming it can slightly increase one’s cancer risk, particularly for colorectal cancer. 

Red meat has been linked to colorectal cancer.

In a study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, red meat was found to be a probable carcinogen.

Consumption of red meat is primarily linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as pancreatic and prostate cancer. 


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