Pancreatic cancer risk from processed meats

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer has suggested that there could be a link between processed meats and pancreatic cancer.

The Swedish study which analysed data from 11 trials and 6,643 patients suffering from pancreatic cancer found that for every 50g individuals added to their diet the risk of cancer increased by 19%.

Eating red processed meat has already previously been linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer, and as a result the UK government have recommended that individuals do not exceed 70g of processed meat per day.

Professor Susanna Larsson who was involving in conducting the study described the findings as ‘controversial’ when speaking to the BBC.

“It is known that eating meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, it’s not so much known about other cancers.” She said.

Whilst far more research is needed in order to cement the findings, Larsson has said that because pancreatic cancer has such poor survival rates it is really important to diagnose the condition as early as possible and to find ways of reducing the risk of developing the condition in the first place where possible.

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