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I am pleased to note that the obscene point scoring of the likes of The Papacy, Donald Trump and others as they interfered with the treatment of Charlie Gard, for their own gain, contra the sound advice of medical experts and the center of excellence Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital – Charlie Gard’s death will now be permitted with no further experimentation & artificial extension.

Common sense & common decency prevailed in the end though Charlie Gard has been dead, in real terms since December, sustained mechanically, with no knowledge of just what he was suffering, besides gross indignity!

 

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A cruel and ignorant campaign

The agonising case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old baby dying from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, is edging towards a no less agonising conclusion.

Today, his parents agreed that he should be transferred from Great Ormond Street hospital in London (GOSH) to a hospice to spend there his final period of life.

The hospice was a compromise. The parents have been fighting the plan for their baby’s end of life care just as they had fought the decision that he should no longer be kept alive. They wanted to bring Charlie home to die. The hospital refused to agree because of the difficulties of providing the particular ventilation and other procedures for Charlie at home, and the potential for causing him yet more distress or even causing him to die before he got home.

The court that has been attempting to arbitrate this heartbreaking dispute has set a deadline of noon tomorrow for the parents to find a team that can support Charlie for the days the parents want to spend with him at the hospice. Otherwise he will be taken off his life support shortly after being transferred.

The parents deserve only the most profound sympathy. Their unremitting rage at the hospital has to be seen in the context of mind-altering grief. In such a state, however, it is sometimes not possible to make decisions that really are in the best interests of their child. In this case, moreover, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that their stress has been hugely compounded by one of the most cruelly ill-conceived campaigns of recent times.

The parents finally agreed to allow Charlie to die having seen from his most recent scan and the opinion of American neurologist Professor Michio Hirano, whose experimental nucleoside treatment (NBT) they hoped would save him, that any such treatment was hopeless. Yet in her emotional statement to the court Charlie’s mother Connie Yates implied that if he had been treated earlier he could have been saved.

Clearly, no-one can ever know if that might have been so. But what we do know is that at no stage was any credible evidence brought forward to show that Charlie’s brain damage was not irreversible, as the hospital told the parents it was months ago, so much so that any further treatment was futile. Nor was there ever any evidence during this time that Professor Hirano’s or any other treatment would ameliorate his condition.

The statement put out by the hospital after Ms Yates’s emotional words is worth reading in full. It addressed head on the key questions posed by the parents and their supporters: why not give Charlie at least the chance of further treatment? What did he have to lose? And if he had been treated months ago, would this terrible situation have been avoided?

In its answer, the hospital noted once again that no animal or human with Charlie’s precise disease had even been treated by NBT. After Charlie had suffered seizures before last Christmas, the entire treating team formed the view that Charlie had suffered irreversible neurological damage and that, as a result, any chance of benefit from this treatment had departed.

Charlie’s parents, however, refused to believe his brain was damaged. There lay the root of the problem. For do all these people demonstrating outside the court and shrieking that Great Ormond Street hospital were “murderers”, or writing ignorant and intemperate op-eds in the American media declaring that only the parents had the right to decide what was in the best interests of their child, really believe that parents know better than neurologists about damage that has been done to the brain?

The hospital statement contains two particularly devastating passages. The first leaves the reputation of Professor Hirano in shreds.

“Professor Hirano (“the Professor”), whose laboratory research has an international reputation, is very well known to the experts at GOSH and he communicated with them about NBT treatment for Charlie at the very end of December. In January, GOSH invited the Professor to come and see Charlie. That invitation remained open at all times but was not taken up until 18 July after being extended, once again, this time by the Court.

“When the hospital was informed that the Professor had new laboratory findings causing him to believe NBT would be more beneficial to Charlie than he had previously opined, GOSH’s hope for Charlie and his parents was that that optimism would be confirmed.”

That claim of new research evidence was why the parents returned to court and re-opened the case. The judge said he was eager to hear of this new evidence and hoped it would enable him to reverse his previous ruling. The GOSH statement, however, continues:

“It was, therefore, with increasing surprise and disappointment that the hospital listened to the Professor’s fresh evidence to the Court. On 13 July he stated that not only had he not visited the hospital to examine Charlie but in addition, he had not read Charlie’s contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie’s brain imaging or read all of the second opinions about Charlie’s condition (obtained from experts all of whom had taken the opportunity to examine him and consider his records) or even read the Judge’s decision made on 11 April.

“Further, GOSH was concerned to hear the Professor state, for the first time, whilst in the witness box, that he retains a financial interest in some of the NBT compounds he proposed prescribing for Charlie. Devastatingly, the information obtained since 13 July gives no cause for optimism. Rather, it confirms that whilst NBT may well assist others in the future, it cannot and could not have assisted Charlie.”

In other words, there never was any hope for Charlie – and the claim that
fresh research evidence provided some new hope was wholly without foundation and came from someone who had never even examined the child.

But here’s the really wicked thing about all this. The parents were reinforced in their refusal to accept this tragic situation, and the whole court process pointlessly prolonged, because of the pressure largely emanating from activists and media on the American political right (along with right-to-life campaigners) screaming that a baby was about to be killed by a socialised health care “death panel” enforced by the British government. This campaign led the parents to believe that such pressure could change the court’s mind. And so the parents were reinforced in their refusal to face reality.

The commentary emanating from America, however, was staggeringly ill-informed. The website American Thinker, for example, ran one hysterical piece after another. Thus the case represented “a perfect crystallization of the full heart and soul of socialized or ‘single payer’ health care”, a “tyrannically impersonal “medical system” in which “the individual human being is property of the State”.

“Little Charlie Gard appears to be under a death sentence courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British Courts” in “a totalitarian state where the courts decide whether my child can live or die, where they can withhold medical treatment as and when they decide, where they can prevent treatment in another nation, where the rights of the individuals involved can be thrown on the floor and trashed like so much refuse”

…“the almost inhuman indifference to the plight of the parents by the Great Ormond Street Hospital, who insist that the parents should have no hope of improvement in their son and acquiesce in his death”…

“progressive death cult according to which individual lives are mere variables in an abstract calculus based on social utility and budgetary value.” And so on, and on.

On Liberty Unyielding, a writer decided that the case reflected the belief she thought was expressed by a British ethicist that “the authority of government over human life is itself a first principle, so inviolable that everything else must yield to it.”

Even the normally intelligent Wall Street Journal decried “a system that elevated a judge’s opinion about what was best for Charlie over loving parents. Few should be surprised, because the brutal reality is that when the state is responsible for nearly all health spending it inevitably takes responsibility for life and death decisions too.”

But this case had absolutely nothing to do with the state or the government. This was not Charlie’s parents v the state. This was Charlie’s parents v the medical profession, a conflict in which the courts were brought in as the dispassionate arbiter in the best interests above all of the sick child.

This was another thing the American commentators seemed incapable of grasping. In the US, the courts are highly politicised with judicial figures appointed by the state. But in Britain the courts are truly independent, representing law and justice. The state does not tell the British courts what to do; the British courts in fact hold the state to account. So the idea that the courts were enforcing state diktat in this case was totally ridiculous.

Nor had this anything to do with “socialised medicine” or the NHS system. This was purely a case where doctors were making decisions absolutely in line with medical ethics, which hold that causing a patient any pain or distress from treatment is only permissible if there is clear benefit to the patient from that treatment. In this case, there was not.

And this fact was reflected in the most devastating passage in the hospital’s statement.

“At the first hearing in Charlie’s case in March, GOSH’s position was that every day that passed was a day that was not in his best interests. That remains its view of his welfare. Even now, Charlie shows physical responses to stressors that some of those treating him interpret as pain and when two international experts assessed him last week, they believed that they elicited a pain response.

“In GOSH’s view there has been no real change in Charlie’s responsiveness since January. Its fear that his continued existence has been painful to him has been compounded by the Judge’s finding, in April, that since his brain became affected by RRM2B [his genetic disease] , Charlie’s has been an existence devoid of all benefit and pleasure. If Charlie has had a relationship with the world around him since his best interests were determined, it has been one of suffering.”

That is the most terrible point of all. Charlie may have been in pain and distress. That above all was the hospital’s fear; that above all weighed particularly heavily on the judge’s mind. If that was indeed so, then every day this case has dragged on has meant that this sick baby might have been caused yet more suffering.

If so, the parents in their great distress cannot be blamed. The people who should consider what harm they may have done here are all those who, through giving the parents such false hopes, so cruelly embedded them in their denial of reality.

Whether or not Great Ormond Street hospital was right or wrong in its diagnosis, its medical staff were only ever concerned with one thing: the best interests of their tiny patient. For this they have been subjected to vilification and death threats and portrayed as inhumane and murderers. This is unspeakable.

I write a great deal about the ideological bullying of the left, the lies published by left-wing media and the inhumanity and irrationality of so much allegedly progressive thinking. But I have never witnessed such concentrated ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and unthinking cruelty as has been displayed by the American political right over the tragic case of Charlie Gard.

The last word should be given to Great Ormond Street hospital:

“All of GOSH’s thoughts go with Charlie and his mother and father – the hospital wishes each of them peace in their hearts at the end of this day and each day to come”.

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‘Fingerprint’ in the blood is linked to prostate cancer risk …

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‘Fingerprint’ in the blood is linked to prostate cancer risk

05 July 2017 | News, Science and research

Dr Travis leads a research project that we fund at the University of Oxford.

My current project is exploring a new field of research that has the potential to uncover ways of preventing prostate cancer through improved diet and lifestyle.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in British men, so this research is incredibly important and it would not be possible without the support of World Cancer Research Fund.

What the study found

This new area of research is known as metabolomics and it measures small molecules in the blood called metabolites.

Our study found that the levels of different metabolites that make up a man’s metabolic ‘fingerprint’ in the blood were linked with his risk of developing prostate cancer.

How does this relate to my daily life?

The levels of different metabolites present in someone’s blood are partly determined by diet and lifestyle. This means that the ‘fingerprint’ of metabolites in the blood could give us new insights into how diet and lifestyle can affect prostate cancer risk.

The next stage of the project will focus on working out precisely how diet and lifestyle factors can affect the pattern of metabolites in the blood. This will help us achieve our ultimate aim of fully understanding how diet and lifestyle can help prevent prostate cancer.

Making a difference

There is already strong evidence that maintaining a healthy weight is associated with a reduced risk of aggressive types of prostate cancer.

However, if more risk factors for prostate cancer are uncovered, this could help us prevent many more cases, particularly the more aggressive types.

To view the original article CLICK HERE

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IN MEMORIAM > ARCHER, Stuart Malcolm On 17-Dec-2014

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IN MEMORIAM >
ARCHER, Stuart Malcolm who Died On 17-Dec-2014

ARCHER Stuart Died 17-Dec-2014

Stuart died On 17 December, after a long and very bravely fought fight against bowel cancer, at his home in Newport.

Stuart was aged 66 when he died.

He leaves his wife and partner through his illness Trish and was dearly loved by Suzanne and Tom.
He will be missed not only by his family but by many friends and the town of Chepstow, where he had worked with Sandra and the staff at Archer & Co. and had gained the respect of many for his courteous behaviour and dedicated service to his clients. He will also be missed and remembered by those who knew of his illness and his resolute determination to survive with humour as long as possible, making the most of every moment he could.
I was privileged to have had several very private conversations with Stuart during his illness & treatment where, even when he knew the outcome was inevitable, he courageously sought out opportunities to be used in new trials that would not just prolong his own life but would provide information to help others following down the path!
My thoughts are with his family and those whom he had worked with for so many years, who miss him greatly, at this challenging time, when we remember his life on the anniversary of his death.
A Celebration for the life of Stuart Malcolm Archer, in accord with his wishes, was held at St. Pierre Golf and Country Club on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 13:00hrs.
The service of commemoration at St. Pierre was held after a private family ceremony at the Crematorium and was conducted by a Civil Celebrant Gill Fortescue with an extensive, and very appropriate eulogy.
The Eulogy was delivered by Stuart’s long term friend David Evans.

No flowers, by request, however donations for St. David’s Hospice Care may still be sent, in memory of his life, to:

Philip Blatchly & Son,
5 Station Road,
Chepstow,
Monmouthshire,
NP16 5PA.
TEL: 01291 624939

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11 Days To Shrink Or Destroy Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Trial Kills Tumours In 11 Days

Around a quarter of women given a combined treatment of drugs in a clinical study saw their tumours shrink or disappear.

08:01, UK,Friday 11 March 2016

Breast cancer chemotherapy research

A consultant analysing a mammogram. (File Pic)

Using Herceptin together with another powerful breast cancer drug before surgery could shrink or destroy tumours in just 11 days, a study has found.

Some patients may be spared chemotherapy if they are given a combination of the drugs Tyverb (lapatinib) and Herceptin (trastuzumab) immediately after diagnosis, according to the research by a team of British doctors.

The medics, who presented their study to experts at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam, said their findings had “groundbreaking potential”.

Some 257 women with an aggressive form of cancer – HER2 – were involved in the clinical trial and either received no treatment, one of the drugs or a combination of them.

Around a quarter of the women on the combined treatment saw their tumours shrink or disappear.

Trial co-leader Professor Judith Bliss, from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, said it was “unexpected to see quite such dramatic responses to the trastuzumab and lapatinib within 11 days”.

She added: “Our results are a strong foundation on which to build further trials of combination anti-HER2 therapies prior to surgery – which could reduce the number of women who require subsequent chemotherapy, which is also very effective but can lead to long-term side effects.”

At present, women usually have their tumour removed during surgery followed by a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapies and targeted drugs such as Herceptin.

Professor Arnie Purushotham, senior clinical adviser at Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, said: “These results are very promising if they stand up in the long run and could be the starting step of finding a new way to treat HER2 positive breast cancers.”

Around 5,300 to 8,000 women a year are diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer.

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Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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IN MEMORIAM > ARCHER, Stuart Malcolm – On 17-Dec-2014

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IN MEMORIAM >
ARCHER, Stuart Malcolm who Died On 17-Dec-2014

ARCHER Stuart Died 17-Dec-2014

Stuart died On 17 December, after a long and very bravely fought fight against bowel cancer, at his home in Newport.

Stuart was aged 66 when he died.

He leaves his wife and partner through his illness Trish and was dearly loved by Suzanne and Tom.
He will be missed not only by his family but by many friends and the town of Chepstow, where he had worked with Sandra and the staff at Archer & Co. and had gained the respect of many for his courteous behaviour and dedicated service to his clients. He will also be missed and remembered by those who knew of his illness and his resolute determination to survive with humour as long as possible, making the most of every moment he could.
I was privileged to have had several very private conversations with Stuart during his illness & treatment where, even when he knew the outcome was inevitable, he courageously sought out opportunities to be used in new trials that would not just prolong his own life but would provide information to help others following down the path!
My thoughts are with his family and those whom he had worked with for so many years, who miss him greatly, at this challenging time, when we remember his life on the anniversary of his death.
A Celebration for the life of Stuart Malcolm Archer, in accord with his wishes, was held at St. Pierre Golf and Country Club on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 13:00hrs.
The service of commemoration at St. Pierre was held after a private family ceremony at the Crematorium and was conducted by a Civil Celebrant Gill Fortescue with an extensive, and very appropriate eulogy.
The Eulogy was delivered by Stuart’s long term friend David Evans.

No flowers, by request, however donations for St. David’s Hospice Care may still be sent, in memory of his life, to:

Philip Blatchly & Son,
5 Station Road,
Chepstow,
Monmouthshire,
NP16 5PA.
TEL: 01291 624939

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Greg_L-W.
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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

.
If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms in 1998 see The TAB at the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer ….< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order, many linked to specific blog postings.
.
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.
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.
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IARC Report: The Carcinogenic Effects of Processed & Red Meat

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IARC Report:
The Carcinogenic Effects of
Processed & Red Meat

PRESS RELEASE N° 240
26 October 2015

IARC Monographs evaluate:
consumption of red meat
and processed meat

Lyon, France, 26 October 2015
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
Red meat
After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect.
This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
Processed meat
Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.
Meat consumption and its effects
The consumption of meat varies greatly between countries, with from a few percent up to 100% of people eating red meat, depending on the country, and somewhat lower proportions eating processed meat.
The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” says Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Programme.
“In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance.”
The IARC Working Group considered more than 800 studies that investigated associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets.
The most influential evidence came from large prospective cohort studies conducted over the past 20 years.
Public health
”These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat,” says Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC.
“At the same time, red meat has nutritional value. Therefore, these results are important in enabling governments and international regulatory agencies to conduct risk assessments, in order to balance the risks and benefits of eating red meat and processed meat and to provide the best possible dietary recommendations.”
IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat
Note to the Editor:
Red meat
refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.
Processed meat
refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation.
Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood.
Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.
A summary of the final evaluations is available online in The Lancet Oncology, and the detailed assessments will be published as Volume 114 of the IARC Monographs.
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on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
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is part of the World Health Organization.
Its mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control.
The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships.
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A W.H.O. report on Monday warned about a cancer risk linked with eating processed meats. CreditÁngel Franco/The New York Times
On Monday the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, published an analysis linking colorectal cancer to the consumption of processed meats and red meat. Here are answers to a few questions about the report.

How might meats be linked to colorectal cancer?
Processed meats like hot dogs and sausages have been salted, cured or smoked to enhance flavor and improve preservation. Scientists have long worried that this processing leads to the formation of potentially carcinogenic chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in these products.

The concern with red meats — beef, pork and lamb — has more to do with the cooking, not the processing. Grilling, barbecuing and pan-frying meat creates potential carcinogens, including heterocyclic aromatic amines.

The report finds a link between consumption of processed meats and colorectal cancer (and perhaps other cancers), but also acknowledged that the link between red meat and cancer has not been proved.

“Eating red meat has not yet been established as a cause of cancer,” the I.A.R.C. said in a handout accompanying its report.

Is there a safer way to cook meat?
There is just not enough data to know for sure whether broiling or boiling meats might lower cancer risk.

  1. What exactly is the risk?

    Small, compared with smoking or alcohol consumption. Colorectal cancer is the third most common non-skin cancer in the United States, and will bediagnosed in an estimated 133,000 patients this year, a wide majority of them over age 50. The lifetime risk is about 5 percent.

    W.H.O. estimated that 50 grams daily of processed meat or 100 grams daily of red meat might increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent and 17percent, in that order, over the absolute risk — if indeed red meat were related to cancer at all, which the report also acknowledged is not known.

    Most of the data reviewed by the W.H.O. are drawn from population studies, and many experts question whether these risk estimates can be applied to individuals who may have other risks for colorectal cancer.

  2. Is there any way to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?

    There are several ways. People who eat diets rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber are at lower risk, as are those who exercise. Obesity, smoking and heavy alcohol consumption increase the risk of colorectal cancer. The incidence has been declining for 20 years, in part because of colonoscopy screenings. Daily low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk, but it has side effects and most experts do not recommend its use in people at average risk who do not also have cardiovascular disease.

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Processed meat ’causes cancer’ warns WHO report

Tuesday October 27 2015

Current UK recommendations are to eat no more than 70g of processed meat a dayProcessed meats have been linked to bowel cancer

What is the issue?

“Processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, World Health Organisation [WHO] says,” The Daily Telegraph reports. It has been ranked as a group one carcinogen – the same ranking as cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report evaluating the link between the consumption of red and processed meat and cancer. A question and answer factsheet was also published.

The report explained red meat refers to unprocessed meat such as beef, veal, pork and lamb, while processed meat has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes.

The largest body of evidence is for the link with colorectal (bowel) cancer

How was the report received by the media?

The quality of the UK media’s reporting was mixed. Some sources fell into the trap of assuming that since processed meat had been ranked as a group one carcinogen, it meant it was as dangerous as other substances in the group. This led to headlines such as the Daily Express’, “Processed meat is as bad as smoking”, which is simply untrue.

While any substance ranked as a group one carcinogen is known to cause cancer, this doesn’t meant the risk of cancer is the same for all substances. A bacon sandwich is not as dangerous as being exposed to weapons grade plutonium, and smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day is far deadlier than eating a ham roll.

The Daily Mail and The Guardian did make an effort to put the risk of eating processed meat into context. Both papers, via their respective websites, provided a link to an extremely useful infographic produced by Cancer Research UK.

A key statistic provided by the infographic is that if everyone stopped smoking, there would be 64,500 fewer cases of cancer a year in the UK, compared with 8,800 fewer cases if everyone stopped eating processed or red meat.  

What evidence is the advice based on?

The link between red and processed meat and cancer is not new, and there has been a large body of research evidence to suggest bowel cancer is more common when these food items are consumed. According to Cancer Research UK, 21% of bowel cancers and 3% of all cancers are caused by red meat.

The WHO Working Group assessed more than 800 observational studies that investigated the association between cancer and the consumption of red meat across a range of countries, ethnicities and diets.

Data from the studies was analysed to investigate the link. Studies that were better quality, where the observations were prospective – that is, diet was assessed before looking at cancer development – were considered more reliable, and their findings were given greater weight.

The researchers also preferentially looked for studies with larger sample sizes, that had used validated questionnaires, and had controlled for potential health and lifestyle confounders that may be influencing the link. However, it was not possible to avoid all sources of bias and confounding, particularly for red meat, where data availability was limited.  

What are the risks?

Positive links between colorectal cancer and processed meat were found in 12 of 18 cohort studies and six of nine case-control studiesexamining the meat.

Looking at a review that had pooled the results of 10 cohort studies, the Working Group found an increase of 100g of red meat a day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 17% (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.05 to 1.31), and 50g of processed meat a day increased the risk by 18% (95% CI 1.10 to 1.28).

There was also data available linking red meat consumption withpancreatic cancer and prostate cancer, and processed meat withstomach cancer.

As a result of these findings, the WHO Working Group has classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” on the basis of sufficient evidence to draw a link with colorectal cancer and an association with stomach cancer.

There was a limited amount of evidence available when assessing red meat, and this was therefore classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. 

How much red meat is it safe to eat?

The advice from the WHO Working Group supports current public health recommendations to limit intake of red and processed meat.

If you currently eat more than 90g (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day, the Department of Health advises you cut down to 70g.

Ninety grams is equivalent to around three thinly cut slices of beef, lamb or pork, where each slice is about the size of half a piece of sliced bread. A cooked breakfast containing two typical British sausages and two rashers of bacon is equivalent to 130g.

It is unnecessary to cut red meat out all together as it is a good source of nutrients, including protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

If you currently eat a large amount of red and processed meats, it might be good for you to cut down. Some ways to do this are:

  • eating smaller portions of meat
  • switching to chicken or fish
  • keeping a few days a week red meat-free
  • add beans or pulses such as kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils to replace some of the meat in dishes
  • instead of bacon, chorizo or salami, use chicken or vegetarian sausages

Analysis by Bazian. Edited by NHS Choices. Follow NHS Choices on Twitter. Join the Healthy Evidence forum.

Analysis by Bazian

Edited by NHS Choices

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Victoria Derbyshire Has Her Mastectomy & Reconstruction

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Victoria Derbyshire’s breast cancer diary

  • 12 October 2015
  • From the section Health
Media captionVictoria Derbyshire: “Today I had a mastectomy. I feel all right, I can’t believe it”

The BBC journalist and presenter Victoria Derbyshire was diagnosed with breast cancer in July, and had a mastectomy last month. She decided to record a diary with her thoughts after surgery to try to help demystify the treatment.

“The word cancer has such a chilling effect on people, me included, but I’ve learned over the past few weeks that this illness doesn’t have to be elevated to some uber-powerful status. It’s simply an illness that the NHS treat with expertise and care,” she says in the video.

Derbyshire, 47, was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer, which means it develops in the lobes of the breast and spreads to surrounding tissue – some 10% of breast cancers are this type.

She had a mastectomy on 24 September at Ashford Hospital in Surrey, part of the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

“Today I had a mastectomy. I feel all right, I can’t believe it,” she says in her hospital bed, just hours after the operation.

“When I woke up from the anaesthetic I did cry. It was just relief, such a relief. The malignant tumour in my right breast is gone, two or three lymph nodes are gone,” she explains.

“Three lymph nodes were taken away as they had tiny, tiny, bits of cancerous cells, so they took them out and will analyse that tissue, and that will guide the medical professionals in terms of whether I end up having radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.”

‘So inspiring’

Derbyshire praises the treatment she has received from NHS staff, describing it as “awesome”. “They are so inspiring and caring and I feel so grateful to them,” she adds.

She says she’s in some pain, but not much, as it’s being controlled by painkillers. “It feels like someone has punched me in the right-hand side, but it’s not the end of the world, it’s really not.

“It reminds me of, if you’ve got boys and you’re playing football with them and they tackle you a bit too hard and run into you, bash you because they don’t realise your chest is so sensitive. It’s just achy and dull and not searing by any stretch of the imagination.”


Watch Victoria’s diary in full here.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK – one in eight women will be diagnosed with it. It’s the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK.

But more than 85% of people survive breast cancer beyond five years.

Derbyshire says her personal approach to it has been very upbeat as well as pragmatic.

Victoria Derbyshire five days after her operation

Image caption Five days later, Derbyshire says she’s not in very much pain
“Everyone who’s diagnosed with cancer, I’ve learned, has a different story, a different experience and a different way of approaching it. I, for what it’s worth, don’t feel like I’m battling cancer, I don’t feel that I’m fighting cancer, I am simply being treated for cancer,” she explains.

“The reason why I wanted to talk about what happened to me is because I’m a pretty open person, but also because more than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime and here’s the thing – having cancer is manageable, it can be manageable. Having a mastectomy is totally doable. I didn’t know those things until I got cancer. And that’s what I want to tell people.

“I know everyone’s different when they’re diagnosed – every cancer is different, everyone has a different experience, but that’s mine and I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you.”

‘Really positive’

Derbyshire left hospital the day after the operation, and, in an update recorded five days later in the park with her puppy Gracie, she says she’s not in very much pain unless she accidentally pulls herself sharply.

“I’m restricted in my movement – I’m up and about, I can walk, but I can’t really use my right-hand side. I couldn’t lift a book, or a laptop, I can’t hold a shower head to wash my hair or use my right hand to brush my teeth, so that’s slightly frustrating but it’s not the end of the world,” she explains.

After receiving results from the tissue removed from her during the operation, Derbyshire has been told she needs radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She will have it in the coming months and will present her programme as much as she can during her treatment. She’s next back on air on 20 October.

“I’m not worried about that as the cancer is out of me, it’s gone. That’s just the next part of the treatment, the next part of the process. And in this whole process I haven’t actually felt ill once, and it’s bizarre,” she says.

“I feel really positive, I’ve got no reason not to feel positive. My over-riding emotion is that I have to make sure that this cancer doesn’t come back.”

Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care were consulted during the making of the diary.

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  • Video Elizabeth Hurley on breast cancer awareness campaign CLICK HERE
    9 October 2015
  • Breast cancer treatment: Drug pertuzumab licensed CLICK HERE
    29 September 2015
  • Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses CLICK HERE
    25 September 2015

Related Internet links

  • Breast Cancer Care – The breast cancer support charity CLICK HERE
  • Macmillan Cancer Support CLICK HERE
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