Cancer Professor Defends Report
In the wake of the national bacon backlash, the man behind the World Research Cancer Fund (WCRF) report has spoken out about the true intentions of the study.
In an interview with The Independent, Professor Wiseman said that he was surprised about the general reaction to the report, and that his team were never trying to ban bacon. Instead, the report was meant to highlight the areas in which changes could be made to reduce cancer risks.
"It is important to emphasise that while our recommendations are based on the best science available, they are recommendations, not commandments," he told the paper.
"The whole point of them is to give people the information they need to make their everyday choices informed ones.
"Let's take the bacon issue as an example. We are not saying for one moment that if someone eats bacon every day, then they will go on to develop bowel cancer.
"But what we are saying - and the science is quite clear on this - is that, all other things being equal, someone who eats bacon every day is more likely to develop bowel cancer than someone who does not eat processed meat at all.
"A person must make an individual judgement on whether their enjoyment of bacon is such that it is worth a small increase in their bowel-cancer risk."
He also said that the recommendations were not all or nothing but goals that people could aim for and that while many people would not want to cut out processed meats altogether, cutting down the amount of processed meats consumed would also have benefits.
Professor Wiseman made it clear that the report is not just another cancer study with contradicting advice, but an independent expert overview of existing facts designed to clear up any confusion caused by the weight of previous contradictory reports.
"Because our report is the most comprehensive study of evidence on this topic ever done, the public can be confident that our recommendations represent the best advice available, anywhere in the world," he said.