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Processed meat ups cancer risk
Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:18PM
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Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have warned that eating processed meat could increase a person's risk of pancreatic cancer.

The study published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that eating 50g of processed meat every day, approximately one sausage, increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent.

Researchers analyzed data of more than 6,500 patients with pancreatic cancer from 11 trials.

Findings also indicate that for people consuming 100g of processed meat per day the increased risk jumps to 38 percent, and is 57 percent for those eating 150g a day.

"Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it's important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease,” said Professor Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute.

Experts say there are other factors that increase the risk of pancreatic cancer such as smoking and obesity.

Scientists hope that the new findings can help detect other factors behind the disease.

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