According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, with 1 in 20 developing it in his or her lifetime. Join the Physicians Committee to learn about colorectal cancer and how to share the message of prevention and longevity.
Processed meat products are strongly linked to colorectal cancer, and it’s estimated that more than 50,000 Americans will die from it this year.
Why is processed meat unhealthy? To improve color, taste, and durability, processed meat products have been preserved with additives that are potentially cancer-causing. Every bite is bad for your body - so don't you think it's time you dropped that hot dog?
- Read the evidence. Download our Red and Processed Meat Fact Sheet.
- Are you in danger? See our High Risk for Colorectal Cancer List.
- Animal protein diets at a glance: This figure shows you what the dangers are, and this new study shows how you can live longer by cutting meat from your menu.
Cancer can seem overwhelming and mysterious, but there is a lot you can do to prevent colorectal cancer, including increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods. We invite you to pick a plant, try a new recipe, and take part in prevention.
- Substitute these healthful foods for processed meat.
Choose one of these plants for a healthful recipe idea:
Step 1) Download the pick a plant recipe cards and change what you eat today!
Step 2) Learn more about how you can reduce your risk of getting colon cancer.
Step 3) Help make your community healthier by sharing Dr. Barnard’s letter to school lunch professionals and our step-by-step guide on removing processed meat from school lunches.