Excessive consumption of processed meats could lead to cancer of the pancreas
Scientists have found that processed meats such as sausages and bacon pose a higher risk of pancreatic cancer when consumed on a regular basis.
Eating 50g of processed meat every day increases the risk by 19 per cent, compared to people who stay away from fabricated red meat altogether.
Meat lovers eating double this amount (100g) increase the risk to 38 per cent, and those at 150g a day raise it to 57 per cent.
‘Findings from this meta-analysis indicate that processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk,’ say researchers from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
‘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,’ says Sara Hiom, director of information, Cancer Research UK.
Overall, the most common cause of pancreatic cancer is believed to be smoking, with smokers at a 74 per cent increased risk of developing the disease compared to non-smokers.