Science has yet to discover the factors that cause pancreatic cancer, although some studies have already shown that bacon and red meat play an important role.
It was found that people who ate 2 slices of bacon or one sausage a day were 19% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who do not. The percentage jumped to 29% when the quantity of red meat was raised up to 120 grams a day.Pancreatic cancer is a growing disease. As there are no early tests, pancreatic cancer kills more than any other form of cancer. 74% of patients with pancreatic cancer will die in the first year, and only 7% of them will live more than 5 years.
Another study published in the journal BMC Medicine 2013, measure the rate of occurrence of this disease in the group of subjects who ate chicken, red meat and meat products. Research has shown a strong link between eating processed meat and cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
The results were so convincing when it comes to unprocessed red meat and chicken. Experts have concluded that processed meat is associated with high mortality rates and that 3.3% of deaths could be prevented every day eating less than 20 grams of processed meat.
In these studies, there is one key factor. Those are the nitrates which are added as a preservative in processed meat and which also give a red color of the meat. Studies have shown that nitrates are associated with cancer, so that this is an important factor consider of the fact that the bacon and other meat products cause cancer, pancreatic cancer and other types of cancer.
As the number of cancer cases raise, science continues to search for the culprits. The link between pancreatic cancer and processed red meat requires serious research. The risk of these cancers can be easily reduced by carefully choosing the food we eat.
Although researchers agree that more research is needed to further confirm the link between pancreatic cancer and processed meat, it seems that we have more than enough information to get started.
A healthy diet is a good basis for our health. Pay attention to what you eat and occasionally enjoy the processed products such as bacon.