The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that eating processed meats, such as ham, bacon and sausages can cause cancer.

The WHO report claims that eating 50g of processed meat a day can increase the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

That's the equivalent to less than two slices of bacon a day.
However, the report did state that there was 'limited evidence' to back up the findings, and that red meats were 'probably carcinogenic'.

The WHO has said that the carcinogenic chemicals found in red and processed meat was due to both the cooking methods (such as BBQ), and the way that processed meat (such as salami and bacon) are smoked, cured or preserved.

Commenting on the report, Cancer Research UK has said that the findings should encourage people to cut down on red and processed meat, rather than abstaining completely.

They added that 'an occasional bacon sandwich would do little harm'.
Six percent of the UK population will get bowel cancer at some point of their lives.