Stomach cancer linked to bacon and alcohol

For the first time, alcohol, processed meat, and being overweight have been linked strongly to stomach cancer.
People who drink three alcoholic drinks or more each day, and 50g of processed meat, were found to have a higher risk of developing stomach cancer, according to research by the World Cancer Research Fund.
This equates to 45g of alcohol, and two bacon rashers, in one day, and if the person is overweight or obese as well, then their risk increases even more.
It wasn’t just processed meats which increased the risk of stomach cancer, though. Foods which had been preserved with salt, such as salted fish and pickled vegetables, showed “strong evidence” of increasing the risk of stomach cancer.
Each year, 7,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with stomach cancer, with around 5,000 deaths. This high figure is because in 80 per cent of cases, the cancer has already begun to spread when the person is diagnosed with stomach cancer. Therefore it is highly beneficial to improve your diet and take part in regular exercise, to reduce your risk of stomach cancer.
Professor Michael Leitzmann, one of the report’s authors, said: “The findings of this latest evidence report from World Cancer Research Fund are groundbreaking and show there is strong evidence linking the risk of developing stomach cancers to a number of different lifestyle factors, such as drinking alcohol and eating processed meat.”
“The evidence from this current report will help the public and the health community better understand what can influence the risk of developing stomach cancers. It is an invaluable contribution to the growing evidence that exists on cancer prevention,” he continued.

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