On the face of it, this is a worrying statistic.
However, elsewhere, I have already discussed the dangers of reporting relative risks.
Relative risks are frequently used to "sex up" or "spin" statistics in order to make news headlines.
So as soon as I see a relative risk, I want to see the underlying absolute risks on which it is based.
Here you will see the different ways in which this simple bacon sandwich statistic can be presented.
And, fortunately, some of these are rather less exciting than the headline above suggests.
Sometimes the accompanying graphic can look scary:
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And sometimes less scary:
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Bacon Sandwiches and Bowel Cancer
Beware relative risks.