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Health Check: Cancer causing foods

Did you know if you eat four slices of bacon or one hot dog every day you increase your risk of colorectal cancer by 18-percent, and pancreatic cancer by 67-percent. The world health organization has classified processed meats as cancer causing. (File Photo)

In Health Check, you might want to double check your diet!

Some of your favorite foods may pose a serious health risk.

NBC 10's Health Check reporter Barbara Morse Silva takes a look at some of the cancer causing foods you probably eat every day, new on Sunrise.

Did you know if you eat four slices of bacon or one hot dog every day you increase your risk of colorectal cancer by 18-percent, and pancreatic cancer by 67-percent.

The world health organization has classified processed meats as cancer causing.

And there's bad news for Nutella lovers.

The ingredient that gives the spread its smooth texture is likely cancer causing.

The European food safety authority says that palm oil produces carcinogens when heated to 392 degrees Fahrenheit.

And the cancer causing chemical acrylamide (ah-krill-ah-myd) found in cigarette smoke and building materials; can also be found in french fries and potato chips.

Potatoes have also been found to have some of the most pesticide residue of all the fruits and vegetables.

Finally, if you're turning to fish to clean up your diet, avoid farmed salmon. A study at the University at Albany found it is often full of cancer causing contaminants such as pesticides and even flame retardants.

The American Cancer Society now reports your chances of getting cancer are one in two for men and one in three for women.

Those are horrible odds, but doctors say 50-percent of all cancer deaths can be prevented by changes in lifestyle and diet, like cutting out foods that up your risk.

For more on cancer-causing foods, log on to turn to ten dot com and click on health. And that's Health Check, Barbara Morse-Silva, NBC 10 News.

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