Health experts from the World Cancer Research Fund say these are the two worst things you can eat and drink

 
Francesca Washtell
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Processed Meats Declared Carcinogenic In New World Health Organization Report
Bacon was labelled a carcinogenic food in findings released by the World Health Organization last October (Source: Getty)

If you'd been enjoying a bacon sandwich this morning and were planning on going for a few drinks tonight, scientists may have bad news for you.

Bacon and alcohol have been "strongly" linked to stomach cancer for the first time in a new study by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Along with being overweight, eating the equivalent of two rashers of bacon on a daily basis was found to increase the risk of the cancer, as does having three or more alcoholic beverages a day.

The research also found "strong evidence" that preserved foods, which include salted fish or pickled vegetables, could also increase the risk of stomach cancer.

However, the study also found citrus foods could lead to an overall decreased risk.

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Stomach cancer leads to around 5,000 deaths per year in the UK and is more likely to affect older adults, particularly men.

Echoing advice given last October by the World Health Organization (WHO), the WCRF has said cutting out processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami and hot dogs could save almost 300 people per year. The WHO findings last October labelled bacon, sausages and ham among the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances alongside alcohol, asbestos and cigarettes.

"These findings will hopefully help people better understand what increases their risk of cancer so that they can make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices," said Dr Rachel Thompson, the WRCF's head of research implementation.

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