Skip to comments.Pancreatic cancer risk increases with every 2 strips of bacon [or sausage] you eat: Study
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.
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?
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.
I am catholic.
Obviously, mom lost.
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.
If they outlaw bacon only pigs will have bacon!!!
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.
Is it he fat, the types of fat, or the nitrates?
Not bad odds.
100% of those who eat any amount of bacon and drink Merlot wine will die.
NEVER drink Merlot!
Bacon is OK.
Correlation is not causation. Bacon (tasty though it be) has just SOME red meat in it.
If thats true everybody in the South should have pancreatic cancer.
Too bad they don’t make a bacon bikini. Kill 2 birds with one stone.
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!
So, it is being overweight that is the issue, not the pork.
This new “study” is actually a meta study. It is not worth the paper on which it is printed.
If it’s true no one whose religion bans the eating of pork products should ever get pancreatic cancer.
If everything they have told us would kil us, actually killed us, there would be nobody around to write or read the stories.
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.
Even better, apply the same technique in a smoker.
Don’t you know that 51% of all statistics are made up?
Sometimes I wonder just what it is that FReepers think causes cancer? Evil spirits?
>> “Did my ex-wife hire you?” <<
No, she has no interest in keeping you alive.
Who knew, the pepperoni on our pizza is a killer.
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.
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