Are Processed Meats Healthy? Some Associated Health Risks

Leslie Hanson
October 6, 2018

After examining statistical evidence from large-scale studies and findings from animal research, World Health Organization classified processed meats as "carcinogenic to humans", which means they can cause cancer.

This was made known by the Head of Breast Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Florence Dedey. Less than three weeks ago on September 12, the International Agency for Research on cancer published the GLOBOCAN2018 estimates of worldwide incidence and mortality of cancer.

One more common misconception lies in breast cancer treatment.

Serena Williams kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month by performing topless to bring awareness to the importance of breast self-examination.

A popular type of food many of us eat could be putting women at a higher risk for breast cancer. "Therefore, cutting down processed meat seems beneficial for the prevention of breast cancer".

She said unfortunately, more than half of the women who were treated in Ghana, received their treatment when the disease was rather advanced, thereby negatively affecting the outcome of their efforts. We, as a society must inculcate the practice of these modalities to ensure breast cancer is no longer a disease condition of public health significance in the country.

All those women who love processed meat such as bacon, ham, sausages, salami and beef jerky, then they need to think twice before consuming these food items, as they may increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as part of their Drink free days campaign, Drinkaware and Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging women of all ages to cut down on how much they are drinking. "I would like to call on the Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health to continue to put in and implement the right policies that will ensure effective treatment of breast cancer all across the country".

Dr Daniel Asare, Chief Executive Officer (KBTH), said breast, though admirable, it is also a seat of disease that could kill adding regular screening, early detection and early treatment are the sure ways to demystify the fear surrounding the disease. Breast MRI can also be considered for those with history of breast cancer and those with precancerous cells at biopsy, especially if other risk factors are present.

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