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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26:  In this photo illustration, bacon cooks in a frying pan on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A report released today by the World Health Organisation's  International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer in humans even as it remains a small chance but rises with the amount consumed.  (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: In this photo illustration, bacon cooks in a frying pan on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A report released today by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer in humans even as it remains a small chance but rises with the amount consumed. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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(CNN) —  

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report Monday which placed processed meats, including bacon and sausages, in the same category as smoking and asbestos for causing cancer.

Processed meat causes cancer, says WHO

The report revealed that as little as two slices of bacon can increase the risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer by 18%.

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If the meat eaters among us choked on their sausages as they read the report over breakfast, the vegetarian reaction – at least on Twitter – was a little more smug.

Vegetarians rejoice

Meat eaters despair

Roughly 34,000 cancer deaths per year have been attributed by the WHO report to diets too high in processed meats. Heartbroken meat eaters were understandably annoyed.

Though processed meat is now in the same category as cigarettes and alcohol for causing cancer, WHO experts claim it does not mean that they are equally dangerous.

“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” Dr Kurt Straif from the WHO said in a statement.

Defiance amid the sadness

In spite of the report by the WHO, some meat lovers were still able to keep their chins up.

Unfortunately for vegetarians, the WHO’s findings came not long after a report by Clear Food revealed that 10% of vegetarian hot dogs contain meat – and that two-thirds of vegetarian samples contain human DNA.

U.S. meat industry groups are slamming the WHO report, with the North American Meat Institute called the conclusion “dramatic and alarmist overreach.”

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