Men who eat 2 strips of bacon or one sausage a day have a 19% higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a recent research paper published in BMC Medicine.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers, because it spreads very quickly. 74% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within the first year they are diagnosed and only 7% of them will live more than 5 years.
In the paper, the researchers from Stockholm found that there is a link between the intake of processed meat and the chances for cancer or cardiovascular disease. According to their study, 3.3% of the deaths could have been prevented if less than 20 gr. of processed meat was eaten daily.
The main reason why bacon or other processed meats cause pancreatic and other cancers is a substance nitrates. It is used as a preservative and it gets red color of the processed meat.
You can reduce the risk of getting of this type of cancer by paying attention to the food you eat.