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"The evidence is that whether you are talking about bacon, ham or pastrami, the safest amount to eat is none at all.
"When you consider that eating 50g of processed meat a day can increase your risk of bowel cancer by about a fifth, it is clear that you can make a positive difference by cutting out as much as possible." Processed meats - those preserved by smoking, salting and any other method apart from freezing - include bacon, ham, pastrami, salami and hot dogs.
Sausages, hamburgers and mince fall into the bracket if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives.
Those who can't bear to cut out processed meats will still benefit from eating smaller quantities, said Professor Wiseman.
Both types of meat can be high in fat and iron, both of which are linked to cancer.
Processed meat's stronger links to bowel cancer have led to advice that it should be avoided altogether.
The World Cancer Research Fund advises that any meat bought should be as lean as possible, with any visible fat trimmed before cooking.
The disease is most prevalent in the over-60s and is slightly more common in women than men.
Women have a one in 18 risk of bowel cancer in their lifetime, while for men the figure is one in 20.