Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that has the highest mortality rate of all major types of cancer. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis and only 8% will survive more than five years. Even 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis!
Pancreatic cancer is a type that spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which makes that the major reason why it’s a leading cause of cancer deaths. The most common symptoms include: abdominal or back pain, weight loss, yellowing of the skin and eyes, loss of appetite, nausea, changes in stool, diabetes and blood clots.
Some of the risk factors are: smoking, age, diabetes, excess body weight and family history of the disease.
According to a recent study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, 11 clinical trials and 6,643 patients with cancer of pancreas were used for analysis.
Researchers in this study reviewed 11 studies and case reports on more than 6,000 patients. They were looking for a link between eating processed meats, like for example bacon and sausage and cancer.
For every 50 grams of processed meat, which is the equivalent of two slices of bacon or a link of sausage, a person eats a day, their risk increases for 19%.
Those who eat 150 grams (for example, three sausages or six strips of bacon) a day, have an increased risk from pancreatic cancer for 57%.
“Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease,” says study author Susanna Larsson, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.
People have already been advised to completely avoid processed meat by the World Cancer Research Fund. Processed meats like: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and hot dogs, often contain nitrates and nitrites, which have already been tied to cancer.
According to the researchers, smoking is a bigger risk factor, which increases pancreatic cancer risk by 74%.