A study conducted by the University of Southern California found that Latinas who ate more than 20 milligrams of processed meats are 42 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than white women who ate as much processed meat.
According to the World Health Organization, processed meat is meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Additionally, most processed meats may contain pork, beef or other red meats, poultry, offal or meat by-products, such as blood. Examples of processed meats include bacon, chorizo, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats.
“All these processed meats should be consumed like a treat, not the staple of your diet. The more we can understand, the better we can do to reduce our cancer risk,” Mariana Stern, a USC associate professor and director of graduate programs in molecular epidemiology, told Fox News Latino.
According to Stern, the cause of higher numbers among Latinos will be the focus of their studies moving forward, though researchers suspect the numbers may have something to do with meat consumption throughout adolescence. In addition to this, Stern revealed that most women do not get breast cancer due to genetics, as only five to 10 percent of women carry the gene.