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Pancreatic cancer risk increases with every 2 strips of bacon [or sausage] you eat: Study
cbs ^ | January 13, 2012 3:29 PM

Posted on 01/13/2012 5:59:46 PM PST by BenLurkin

Breakfast lovers, beware. A new study found eating processed meats like bacon and sausage could increase your risk for deadly pancreatic cancer.

For every piece of sausage or two strips of bacon a person eats every day, there's a 19 percent rise in risk for pancreatic cancer, the study found.

"There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this study may be an early indication of another factor behind the disease," Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at The World Cancer Research Fund, told BBC News.

For the study, researchers reviewed 11 studies and case reports on more than 6,000 pancreatic cancer patients, looking for a link between eating red and processed meats and cancer. The researchers found the raised risk was tied to every 50 grams of processed meat a person eats per day. If you're the type who eats 150 grams of processed meat a day - from only three sausages or six strips of bacon - your pancreatic cancer risk shoots up 57 percent, the study suggests.

What about red meat, which has been linked to stomach and esophageal cancers?

Evidence was inconclusive, the researchers said. Men who ate 120 grams of red meat per day saw their pancreatic cancer risk increase 29 percent, compared with men who don't eat red meat. This effect was not seen in women, however, possibly because men in the study ate more red meat than women, the researchers said.

The study is published in the Jan. 12 issue of the British Journal of Cancer.

The numbers sound scary, but experts say this added risk is relatively small when you factor in overall pancreatic cancer rates in the general population. According to the National Cancer Institute, 13.6 per 100,000 U.S. men develop pancreatic cancer, compared with 10.7 pancreatic cases per 100,000 women. The researchers also said smoking is a bigger risk factor, which increases pancreatic cancer risk by 74 percent.

"Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates," study author associate professor Susanna Larsson, a researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, said in a written statement. "If diet does affect pancreatic cancer, then this could influence public health campaigns to help reduce the number of cases of this disease developing in the first place."

Processed meats, including sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and hot dogs, often contain nitrates and nitrites, which have been tied to cancer. Last August, a study of 300,000 men and women, published in the journal Cancer, found people who ate large amounts of processed meats had a 30 percent increased risk for bladder cancer, HealthPop reported.

James H. Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute, was not swayed by the new study, because it only took into account epidemiological data, and didn't look at other lifestyle factors that could contribute to cancer. He said in a written statement that eating red and processed meats is part of a healthy, balanced diet.

"More often than not, epidemiological studies, over time, provide more contradictions than conclusions," he said.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bacon; obesity; pancreaticcancer; sausage
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To: Sacajaweau
It’s a phony study because it was done on cancer patients only. I’m sure they could find other common factors. In fact, I’d say they hand picked the result, i.e., excluded other possible factors. Age, sex, drinking, smoking, genetics

You are on to something.

I am getting older, I've had sex before, I used to drink like a fish, and I'm smoking now. I was diagnosed with cancer two months after I quit drinking. I am convinced the cancer is a result of the fact that I quit drinking. I have actually asked an oncologist if it was too late to start drinking again :^P As far as Genes,,,,, usually wranglers,,,,but what the he&& would that have to do with it?

101 posted on 01/13/2012 8:05:11 PM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: BenLurkin
For every piece of sausage or two strips of bacon a person eats every day, there's a 19 percent rise in risk for pancreatic cancer, the study found.

Damn!
According to this I died many years ago. By my reckoning, I should have died of pancreatic cancer roughly after eating bacon every day for about two months.

102 posted on 01/13/2012 8:09:31 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Daffynition

I am catholic.

Obviously, mom lost.


103 posted on 01/13/2012 8:11:00 PM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: toothfairy86
I am sorry for your great loss. Not all pancreatic cancers are the same, as this article would have us believe.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pancreatic-cancer-type-jobs

104 posted on 01/13/2012 8:11:23 PM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: BenLurkin

Bacon and processed meat do not give you cancer. That lie is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. First - the study said obese people have a higher chance... True. But it is not the fault of red meat. Read a book by forensic journalist Gary Taubes called Good Calorie Bad Calories, or the easier (and shorter) version, Why We Get Fat, And What To Do About It to see how the government has been telling lies about what we should and should not eat. The food pyramid and government food groups are why we are all headed for diabetes and death from cancer.


105 posted on 01/13/2012 8:17:32 PM PST by Support_and_Defend (Follow the money.)
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To: editor-surveyor

If they outlaw bacon only pigs will have bacon!!!


106 posted on 01/13/2012 8:17:42 PM PST by FishinTX
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To: Signalman
Agreed. Its a test, only a test, and Americans are gullible.

Even my Dr., tells me I need to do this or that, my answer is: NO I DON'T, AND WON'T.

He just laughs and makes the notes, that I refuse everything he prescribes. lol

No female tests, no Foximax, no asprin, no NOTHING, no yearly checkups. Hey I'm healthy, and plan to stay that way. Hey Doc., I'll come in to see ya when or if I break a leg, that's it.

107 posted on 01/13/2012 8:40:36 PM PST by annieokie
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To: BenLurkin

Is it he fat, the types of fat, or the nitrates?


108 posted on 01/13/2012 8:44:49 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: coldbluesteel

Not bad odds.

100% of those who eat any amount of bacon and drink Merlot wine will die.

NEVER drink Merlot!

Bacon is OK.


109 posted on 01/13/2012 8:53:59 PM PST by Principle Over Politics (Romney 2012 is McCain 2008. No more RINOs!)
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To: BenLurkin

Correlation is not causation. Bacon (tasty though it be) has just SOME red meat in it.


110 posted on 01/13/2012 9:05:31 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BenLurkin

If thats true everybody in the South should have pancreatic cancer.


111 posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:52 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Too bad they don’t make a bacon bikini. Kill 2 birds with one stone.


112 posted on 01/13/2012 11:20:51 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Hmmm, may have to rethink that one. On a really hot day, a bacon bikini could result in rather embarrassing shrinkage. But she’d be popular with the men, on both counts!


113 posted on 01/13/2012 11:22:26 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: BenLurkin
"There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this

So, it is being overweight that is the issue, not the pork.

114 posted on 01/14/2012 12:26:54 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: BenLurkin

This new “study” is actually a meta study. It is not worth the paper on which it is printed.


115 posted on 01/14/2012 12:44:36 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

If it’s true no one whose religion bans the eating of pork products should ever get pancreatic cancer.


116 posted on 01/14/2012 12:51:08 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: BenLurkin
In other news, every 2 breaths one takes brings one closer to lung cancer and every 2 steps one takes brings one closer to a catastrophic fall.

If everything they have told us would kil us, actually killed us, there would be nobody around to write or read the stories.

117 posted on 01/14/2012 4:05:18 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: BufordP

Damn, I have [Mrs] T fry up 2 pounds of bacon for my birthday and Father’s Day. Eat most of it at breakfast then nibble through out the day. I should be dead, especially with the cigars I smoke.

[Mr] T


118 posted on 01/14/2012 4:22:58 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: builder
Weave the bacon strips like a lattice and place them on top of that pork roast and roast at a low temp for several hours. If keeps the roast juicy and drains the bacon. It's a healthy solution to all this negative bacon-speak.

Even better, apply the same technique in a smoker.


119 posted on 01/14/2012 4:40:21 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: dila813

Don’t you know that 51% of all statistics are made up?


120 posted on 01/14/2012 6:04:46 AM PST by Pietro
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To: BenLurkin; All

121 posted on 01/14/2012 9:13:53 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Nailbiter

bacon ping


122 posted on 01/14/2012 9:21:10 AM PST by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Sometimes I wonder just what it is that FReepers think causes cancer? Evil spirits?


123 posted on 01/14/2012 1:32:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>> “Did my ex-wife hire you?” <<

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No, she has no interest in keeping you alive.


124 posted on 01/14/2012 1:54:26 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: BufordP

Who knew, the pepperoni on our pizza is a killer.


125 posted on 01/14/2012 4:25:44 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

A 19% increase! I guess I’ll have to throw out the bacon, or maybe not. The important number is buried in the article:

“13.6 per 100,000 U.S. men develop pancreatic cancer”

So, a 19% increase would be 16.2 per 100,000 men.

All of the following say the same thing:

1) Eating bacon will increase your chances of pancreatic cancer by 19%.

2) Eating bacon will increase your chances of pancreatic cancer from 1.36/10,000 to 1.62/10,000.

3) 38,462 men must stop eating bacon to prevent one case of pancreatic cancer.

It’s all in how you present the numbers. There’s a reason they use percentages—it’s scary, but when you use real numbers it brings things into perspective.


126 posted on 02/01/2012 2:53:57 PM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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