Recent studies point out that, consumption of bacon and other processed meat can substantially raise the risk of bladder cancer.
Dr Dominique S Michaud and other researchers from Boston's Harvard School of Public Health have seen that people who consume more than 5 portions of bacon every week were more prone to cancer affecting the bladder. The risk is increased by 60% in those who eat bacon regularly, and by 52% in those who eat skinned chicken.
Almost all processed meats are likely to contain chemical called nitrosamines. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pointed out that, nitrosamines can cause bladder cancer. This forms usually when meats are processed at very high temperatures. Cooked chicken with skin is proven to contain a lesser amount of nitrosamines.
But the formal researches that try to trace the link between cancer and meats are actually very few. Most of the studies done so far do not actually differentiate which are the meats that cause more risk.
Data collected for this study spanned almost 22 years and looked into the dietary habits of about 88,471 women and 47,422 men. 808 of the participants who regularly ate bacon or other processed meat developed bladder cancer.
Researchers also elicited that those who cannot do without the meats cannot give up on smoking either! They tend to smoke more, eat more fatty foods and less of food rich in vitamins. Neither are they less bothered about physical fitness.
The researchers advise to have a balanced diet that is rich in vegetables and fruit, low in fat, with only occasional helpings of processed and red meat