Report Warns Alcohol, Processed Meats and Obesity Increase Stomach Cancer Risk
The authors claim avoiding these factors could prevent 4,000 new stomach cancer cases in the U.S. each year.
Last fall, the World Health Organization labeled bacon and other processed meats as carcinogenic, which led to outrage among lovers of the salty, chewy breakfast food. But that was just the beginning of #bacongeddon.
Today, a new report linking processed meats to stomach cancer affirms they belong on a growing list of cancer risk factors, along with alcohol and obesity.
The findings, released today by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), are the culmination of the first-ever systematic review of global research linking stomach cancer to these factors. The review encompassed 89 older studies, which analyzed a total of 17.5 million adults, 77,000 of whom were diagnosed with stomach cancers. The AICR and the WCRF have summarized their research in a report, titled Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Stomach Cancer.
Specifically, the report notes that those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks per day are “probably” more likely to develop stomach cancer. The risk for men, smokers or ex-smokers who consume three drinks daily is even greater.
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As for processed meats, the authors conclude that eating 1.8 ounces per day, every day — the amount equivalent to one hot dog — elevates lower-stomach cancer risk by 18 percent.
Obesity has also been suspected to cause stomach cancer in the past. The AICR and WCRF found that a person’s risk of cancer of the upper-stomach (called the cardia) increases by 23 percent with every five-unit-increase in body mass index.
“This report is a real wake-up call,” says Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, in a statement tied to the report’s release. “Obesity is now linked to eleven types of cancer and we want Americans to know there are steps everyone can take for cancer prevention and better health, like eating more vegetables, beans, fruits and other plant foods along with squeezing in a few more steps every day.”
The authors explain that if everyone avoided the three risk factors they studied, Americans could prevent 4,000 new stomach cancer cases each year. Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is the fifth most common cancer and the third most fatal.
Salty-food lovers can take some hope from the report. While salt and stomach cancers had long been linked, with this new research, this correlation is now less strong. Still, the AICR advises that humans ingest no more than one teaspoon of salt per day.
Toxic Hungr’s Take:
It’s 2016. We have the Internet, and advanced technology that happened to put a man on the moon. We also figured out the human genome map.
We advanced in sending people all over the world at Mach 3 speed comfortably. And we’ve expanded the lifespan 100 times over since the last 100 years.
We’ve connected nations to other nations, and able to send information 10,000-plus miles away. And, we’re excited to say that we are in the golden age of increasing mental and spiritual enlightenment unlike anything ever seen on earth and in the history of mankind.
What does this mean?
We can officially say that we have found the cure for cancer. It’s been in front of us the entire time. All we had to do was ASK FOR IT.
People in masses FEAR what they don’t understand. Yes, it’s pretty silly today in modern times to imagine that once upon a time in this country alone, mental illness was considered a possession from demons and evil spirits, the common cold and flu was an automatic death warrant, while cultural superstitions plagued and dictated life decisions of millions.
And we can finally say that—once upon a time, cancer was considered one of the most terrifying diseases to be diagnosed with. Why? Because back in those days, we didn’t have information at our fingertips to research NOT where it is, but WHAT it is.
Today in modern times, our technology and the Internet has given us the ability to exercise our freedom to be informed, and the responsibility to execute the necessary protocol to manage and erase cancer. For today, we look at cancer as simple and small as the common cold.
How did we find the cure for cancer?
Well how did we find a cure for AIDS? Yes, it exist. Just ask for it.
Here’s an example; ever had a kid ask you a question about anything, and you replied ‘because of XYZ’, and they kept asking ‘but why?’
It doesn’t matter what answer you gave them, they keep asking ‘but why?’ What do you do? MOST miserable grown folks I came across would snap at this poor little curious child and say ‘BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY IT IS YOU LITTLE BRAT, NOW SHUT UP!’
However there’s a reason why that kid asked. They’re kids–and they’re curious. I also realized that the grown up has some kind of pain, and the child ask ‘but why are you in pain?’ Then some–SOME adults would be like ‘ya know son. sweetie–kid, I dunno, I guess because—–‘. This kid is doing that sufferer a favor, because they keep asking ‘BUT WHY?’
I bring that up because in this day and time, our curiosity takes us to all the corners of the Internet world and lead us to so many answers to our questions. All we have to ask is–‘BUT WHY?’
Our questions led us to WHY cancer exist, what it is, and how to get rid of it. We also realized that popping a quick pill to rid of the pain is equivalent to us telling the so-call holistic quacks out there ‘BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY IT IS YOU LITTLE BRAT NOW SHUT UP AND GIVE ME MY FIX!’.
Make no mistake, we’re not making fun of no one or anything. We KNOW cancer is as small as the common cold. We DON NOT apologize for saying that. Fear handicaps the mind from stopping, and asking serious intelligent questions on wondering how did it get to that point and how can we get right out. As a matter of fact, it’s usually the fear of the disease that causes the complications and death–not the cancer itself.
Now imagine how our ancestors felt about having a simple flu.
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