It is of course sensible to keep abreast of changing health advice and when appropriate incorporate it into your diet. Today, January 13, 2011, the results of research on the possible link between processed meats and pancreatic cancer have been revealed. They may be of concern to you.
Swedish researchers claim to have shown that eating two rashers of bacon a day, for example, can increase the chance of contracting pancreatic cancer by 19%. That is a significant increase. The same applies to a person who eats one sausage every day of their life. In general the research showed a significant link between the consumption of processed meat and the incidence of pancreatic cancer. The more a person eats the higher the cancer risk becomes. Details of the study can be found at the Guardian.
A World cancer research fund spokesperson said, "There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this study may be an early indication of another factor behind the disease."Regardless of this latest research, we have already established a strong link between eating red and processed meat and your chances of developing bowel cancer, which is why WCRF [World Cancer Research Fund] recommends limiting intake of red meat to 500g cooked weight a week and avoiding processed meat altogether."
One of the most significant contributory factors in pancreatic cancer is smoking. If you consume alcohol too you could be stacking the odds against you, big style.
OPINION: Any advice that helps the fight against cancer has to be good and worth trying or at least investigating further. You have to wonder though if there is something in current processing methods that is at fault. Bacon and sausages in the UK for example have been consumed for many years. At one time British people ate a full English breakfast, which usually includes bacon and sausage, almost on a daily basis but at least a few times a week.
There will be little you can do though about how meat is processed. You can cut back on eating such foods and also cook them in a more healthy manner when you are going to eat them. Pancreatic cancer is a terrible illness and worth avoiding at all costs.