The highest rate of mortality among all cancers has the pancreatic cancer. Actually 94% of patients who have cancer die within 5 years of the diagnosis. Just 8% will survive those 5 years. 74% of the patients will die in the first 5 years of the diagnosis.
This type of cancer mostly spreads quickly and is rarely detected in the early stages and this is the major reason why the pancreatic cancer is one of the biggest reasons for death.
Some of the symptoms are weight loss, back or abdominal pain, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes and skin, blood clots, diabetes and changes in stool.
Age, smoking, excess weight, diabetes and family history of the same disease are risk factors.
One new study that was published in the British Journal of Cancer performed analyses on 11 clinical trials, among 6,643 patients who had pancreatic cancer.
For this study the researchers reviewed around 11 studies and case reports on more than 6,000 patients. They were searching for a connection between processed meat, such as sausage and bacon and cancer.
Their analysis suggests that for every 50 grams of processed eaten by a person on a daily basis — the same as 2 slices of bacon or a piece of sausage — their risk goes up to 19%.
The people, who ate 150 gr. of processed meat (3 strips of bacon or 3 sausages) everyday, increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 57%.
“Pancreatic cancer has small rate of survival. This means, it is important to discover it early and it is very important to know what can increase the risk of the disease” said Susanna Larsson, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.
The World Cancer Research Fund said that we should all completely avoid any type of processed meat, because processed meats, including pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, hot dogs and smoked turkey usually contain nitrites and nitrates and all of them are tied to cancer.
The researchers claimed that smoking is another great risk factor that increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 74%.