8. Processed meat was classified as Group 1, carcinogenic to humans. What does this mean?
This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. In other words, there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer. The evaluation is usually based on epidemiological studies showing the development of cancer in exposed humans.
In the case of processed meat, this classification is based on sufficient evidence from epidemiological studies that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer. Source
It's not hard to replace meat in a diet with a variety of plant-based options full of flavor and with a range of textures. Plant-based ingredients have been shown to halt the initiation and promotion of cancer and potentially reverse problems associated with red meat consumption as described by the WHO report. Start with one meal a week and then try two. Healthy food can be enjoyed greatly and may reduce chances of long term illness.