Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all cancers. Actually 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis, and only 8% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
This type of cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why pancreatic cancer is one of the biggest reasons for death.
What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
Sudden weight loss
Change in stool
Loss of appetite
Yellow skin and eyes
Age, smoking, excess weight, diabetes and family history of the same disease are risk factors.
Eating only two pieces of processed meats can cause this cancer:
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. They were searching for a connection between processed meat, such as sausage and bacon and cancer.
In fact their studies show that for every 50 grams of processed meat a person consume per day (two slices of a sandwich ham or two slices of bacon) the risk of pancreatic cancer goes up by 19%.
And those who eat 150 grams (six strips of bacon, three sausages) daily the risk increases to over 55%.
“Pancreatic cancer has a slim chance of survival. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease,” study author Susanna Larsson, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.
The World Cancer Research Fund has advised people to avoid processed meats. These include sausages, pepperoni, bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and hot dogs, often contain nitrates and nitrites, which have been tied to cancer.
The researchers also claimed that smoking is a bigger risk factor, which increases pancreatic cancer chance by 74 percent.