Its report says each 50g of processed meat a day – the equivalent of one sausage, or less than two slices of bacon – increases the chance of developing bowel cancer by 18 per cent.
Incidence is of the order of 50 cases a year per 100,000 people. So, if we assume (wrongly) that that’s among the non-processed meat eaters, the risk rises to 60 cases per 100,000 per year.
For this we should give up bacon?
It’s also worth considering the counter-factual: what’s nutrition going to be like without processed (ie, preserved) meats? Maybe in the rich world we can all afford to eat fresh meat only but I wouldn’t bet on that being true of everyone even in the rich countries. It’s most certainly not true of everyone around here in Portugal, let alone poorer countries.