Bacon, Processed Meat Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Hold the bacon, hold the sausage. Researchers in Sweden suggest that eating an extra 50g of processed meat each day — that’s a couple of slices of bacon or a link of sausage — could increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent.

The risk of pancreatic cancer increases by 38 percent for people who eat 100 grams a day and 57 percent for people who eat 150 grams a day of processed meat, compared to those who eat none.

Researchers analyzed data from 11 other trials, involving 6,643 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, concludes that, “processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk. Red meat consumption was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. Further prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings.”

Pancreatic cancer has a relative survival rate of about 5.5 percent, making it one of the most lethal types of cancer.

Processed meat has been linked to a host of other health problems.

Associate Professor Susanna Larsson, study author based at the Karolinska Institutet, said in a press release:

“Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, itís important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.

“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.”

Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK, said:

“The jury is still out as to whether meat is a definite risk factor for pancreatic cancer and more large studies are needed to confirm this. But this new analysis suggests processed meat may be playing a role.

“We do know that, among lifestyle factors, smoking significantly ramps up the risk of pancreatic cancer. Stopping smoking is the best way to reduce your chances of developing many types of cancer and other diseases as well.”

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paul m.
paul m4 years ago


Pogle S.
Pogle S5 years ago

Sadly I still salivate whenever I get a whiff of fresh crispy grilled bacon, especially if I see it being used as a filling in a crusty bread roll!

Sue H.
sue H5 years ago

no - no - no not for me!

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L5 years ago

Sausage and/or bacon every day seems extravagant. Although, bacon really is in everything nowadays from burgers to cupcakes..

Ben Oscarsito
Ben O5 years ago

WHO need to eat that disgusting shite...???

Jennifer U.
Jennifer A5 years ago

That's a big increase for such a small amount of meat. No wonder so many more people are being diagnosed with cancer.

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

No surprises....

Dale Overall

Fascinating, some say that humans have to cook meat therefore it is not natural to eat or they would has to cook fiddleheads, potatoes and some other veggies prior to eating as well. Some eat raw steak tartare, it can be eaten, not that I would want to eat raw meat.
If one eats broccoli it is best to cook it as it interferes with the thyroid...but who cares, I will eat it raw anyway at times.

Eat what suits you, try and avoid factory farming be it meat or veggies with their toxic GMOs and pesticides. No one owns the exclusive and be all of the Truth.

Dale Overall

Sorry, my obligate carnivore cat distracted me while proofreading, the sentence should read:

No vegan, vegetarian, omnivore/eater of any organic life owns the exclusive side of Truth.

Dale Overall

So many things cause cancer these days so pick and choose your poisons at your own risk. Everything in moderation. One does not have to eat this stuff every day and most people don't.

Here we go again, a study can't be discussed without the ongoing vegan/vegetarian/meat eating debate.

Will people kindly stop trying to convince each of "the error" of some other person's ways and follow your own path be it vegan, vegetarian, meat eater? No one is going to get much in the way of converts. Everyone quotes websites in hopes that the other will then See The Light and change their lifestyle. Just be happy with your own choice/path in life.

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and no one is Right or more moral than the other. Until Mother Nature redesigns life on Earth to survive on eating non-organic matter such as rock pate we all feed on organics.

Eating meat or whatever, salads, veggies et al grown organically is the better choice. No GMOs, pesticides/toxins