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.
Oh no...not the bacon.
Hot dogs are also linked with cancer, especially childhood cancers.
And maybe a side of 'taters.
I've slowed down on that since I'm taking my hogs from the free range, instead of the grocery store, but that just means I eat more sausage with breakfast.
warning: being born radically increases the chance of dying.
19% and they are only discovering this now?
Sounds like huey
The Left wants to control what you eat and how much you sh**.
I’ll listen to my own body and adjust accordingly.
Say the muzzies. Bet 0bamer don’t eat bacon. His hotdogs are all beef I betcha.
No bacon or sausage?
Why go on?
Patrick Swayze wasn’t fat.
27% of people who watch television and drive cars will die.
Gee Thanks “Terrible Living”...what would we ever do without you?
O_h,G_D, I am gonna die.
My poor mother told me to keep kosher, and I didn’t listen.
Is that like road-kill?
You oughta move to Rhode Island. Never saw so many dead deer lying around on the highway.
Is this like the BS they feed us that eggs were evil? Now they are finding out that salt isn’t that bad either. Most of these studies have nothing but an agenda. I refuse to give up Bacon for the government or some hostile religion.
And some gullible idiot will tell me one day soon how horrible a person I am for eating that stuff, "don't you know that it will give you cancer?" ROFL.
I don't know how many times I have been told that with some other 10 yrs research of something or other, i.e. coffee.
I tell them God made it, I eat it. In moderation.
|That's right I cause cancer. Now keep your chops to yourself.|
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