A health group wants Miami to know that hot dogs cause butt cancer.
According to a new billboard just installed near Marlins Park, colorectal cancer risks are increased when eating processed meats, such as hot dogs.
A public service ad by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the large billboard at 600 NW 57th Avenue features a man in a hospital gown, staring at his behind, with a hot dog in his hand.
"A person who averages a hot dog each day increases his risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent," Susan Levin, nutrition education director of PCRM, said in a statement. "And many people feed their children bacon for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch, and pepperoni pizza for dinner. The cumulative risk of all that processed meat can be enormous."
The group has also reached out to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to put similar signs in the stadium where hot dogs are sold, especially since the stadium has “all you can eat” seats with unlimited access to a buffet, including hot dogs.
“Miami-Dade has among the highest colorectal cancer rates among similar sized counties. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among Hispanic Americans. About 1,300 Miami residents a year are diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” the release said.
Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and 20.5 million are expected to be served at ballparks this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
The PCRM also put up the same billboard up in Chicago, where supposedly hot dog stands outnumber restaurants, CBS News reports.
But the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council doesn’t think the group’s claims of the dangers of processed meat are true, and believe there's another motive.
"Hot dogs are a great Chicago tradition and part of a healthy, balanced diet. They come in a variety of nutrition and taste formulas and they are an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals," council president Janet M. Riley said in a statement. "This group's claims are an effort to seek attention for their animal rights cause."
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council refers to multiple studies that disprove the claim of colorectal cancer being caused by meats.
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