The incidence of pancreatic cancer is closely related to diet. The UK’s Cancer Journal published a recent study in Sweden that found that eating one sausage or two bacon a day would increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 20%. Scientists have found that even relatively small amounts of processed meat can increase the fatal risk of pancreatic cancer.
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden conducted an in-depth analysis of the results of 11 studies involving 6,000 patients with pancreatic cancer. The analysis found that if you eat 50 grams of processed meat every day, the risk of pancreatic cancer will increase by 19%. This is equivalent to eating a few slices of ham or salami every day; a hot dog or sausage; or 2 pieces of bacon. Daily intake of 100 grams of processed meat (equivalent to 1 small hamburger) increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 38%. With 150 grams of processed meat per day, the risk of pancreatic cancer increases by 57%.
Professor Suzanne Larson, the head of the new study, said the study also found that common red meat such as ribs and steaks increased the risk of cancer in men but did not increase the risk of cancer in women. The British government has also published a health guide recommending that the weekly intake of red meat and processed meat is limited to less than 500 grams.