New study supports previous data that processed meats may increase risk of pancreatic cancer

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New study supports previous data that processed meats may increase risk of pancreatic cancer

An article published in the British Journal of Cancer on January 12, 2012 has attracted a good deal of media attention. Researchers from Sweden performed a large analysis of previously published studies evaluating risk factors for pancreatic cancer. These studies were all conducted and reported between 1986 and 2006.

When the results from the earlier analyses were combined, the authors found a statistically significant association between consumption of processed meats and risk of pancreatic cancer. Individuals who consumed at least one serving of processed meat per day (bacon, sausage, etc) were found to have a 19 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer than those who did not eat these products. High levels of nitrite found in these meats have been previously associated with pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers.

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