Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest cancer of our time – 94% of patients diagnosed with it die 5 years after being diagnosed, and only 8% survive. A whopping 74% die in the first year after diagnosis. This type of cancer spreads quickly and is rarely discovered in the early stages, which is the main factor behind the high mortality rate. The main symptoms are abdominal pain, weight loss, back pain, yellowing of the skin and eyes, nausea, diabetes, blood clots, etc.

According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer which included data from 11 clinical trials and 6643 patients with pancreatic cancer, there is a link between processed meat and this type of cancer. It was concluded that eating 50 gr. of processed meat every day increases the risk for 19%, and people who eat 150 gr. increase their risk of pancreatic cancer by 57%.

“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,” says the study author Susanna Larsson, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. The World Cancer Research Fund advises people to avoid processed meat such as bacon, pepperoni, ham, smoked turkey and hot dogs as they contain nitrates and nitrites which have been linked to cancer.