Probably' a carcinogenic experts warn as processed meat officially listed as cancer risk 11:32, 26 Oct 2015 Updated 12:03, 26 Oct 2015 By Anna Dubuis Red meat - which includes beef, lamb and pork - has been classified as a "probable" carcinogen by the World Health Organisation Getty Red meat: Experts warns it could be a cause of cancer Red meat can "probably" cause cancer , the World Health Organisation has warned. Meanwhile processed meats have officially been listed as a cancer risk on the same scale as cigarettes. The findings come from a report published today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Red meat, which includes beef, lamb and pork, has been classified as a "probable" carcinogen in the 'group 2A' list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers. The lower classification for red meat was due to "limited evidence" that it causes cancer. Getty Bacon: The breakfast staple is as big a cancer risk as tobacco Meanwhile the report places processed meat like hot dogs and ham in the 'group 1' list - the most serious ranking for "sufficient evidence" of cancer links. That list already includes tobacco, asbestos, and diesel fumes. Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Programme, said in a statement: "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." The IARC found links mainly with bowel cancer, but also observed associations with pancreatic and prostate cancer, it said. Getty Processed meat: Sausages were today officially listed as a high cancer risk The IARC estimates that every 50g portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent. It cited an estimate from the Global Burden of Disease Project - an international consortium of more than 1,000 researchers - that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat. This compares with about 1 million cancer deaths per year globally due to tobacco smoking, 600,000 a year due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200,000 each year due to air pollution, it said. If the cancer link with red meat were confirmed, diets rich in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Project. This was the first time IARC had assessed meat and the report took into account around 800 studies. The World Cancer Research Fund advises that people can reduce their bowel cancer risk by eating no more than 500g (cooked weight) per week of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb. It also says people should eat processed meats such as ham, bacon and salami as little as possible. Foods like hamburgers, minced beef, pork chops and roast lamb are also regarded as red meat.