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Even small amounts of red and processed meat - such as a rasher of bacon a day - can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that eating red meat can be harmful. But exactly how big is the risk? And how much is too much? Here's what you need to know. WHAT THE STUDY FOUND:. Researchers analysed data from almost half a million people involved in the UK Biobank study. Over the six years of their study they found 2,609 people developed bowel cancer. They estimate:. - Eating three rashers of bacon a day rather than just one could increase the risk of bowel cancer by 20% Full story

17 April