What Causes Pancreatic Cancer?
Although the medical profession do not know exactly what causes most cases of pancreatic cancer, they have found several risk factors that can make a person more prone to getting the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is fundamentally a disease caused by damage to the DNA (mutations). These mutations can be inherited, or twe can become at risk as we age. Other causes include:
- Gender (Pancreatic cancer is more common in men than women)
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Genetics and
Talking about the last risk on the list diet, studies have revealed that the daily consumption of bacon is a can greatly increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
How Great Is The Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?
All processed meats such as sausages, ham, salami, hot dogs etc were included in the research which revealed a percentage rate of risk as follows:
- A 19% increased risk of developing the disease in participants who ate 50g of processed meat a day
- 38% increase for 100g consumption and
- 57% increase for 150g of processed meat consumed .
Pancreatic Cancer, Processed Meat & The Risk In Men & Women
The studies also deduced that men are more likely to be affected by consuming processed meat than women. The results showed 29% risk of developing pancreatic cancer for those who ate 120g of processed meat daily. The reason for the higher incidence of the disease in men maybe because women tend to eat less processed food and red meat than men. The results went on to show no major link between processed meat and pancreatic cancer in women.
In America about 44,030 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year. Although the disease is common, it is unfortunately not diagnosed early enough to give patients a good prognosis. In fact, survival rate of panreatic patients is one of the lowest in relation to the disease of cancer. This is because symptoms of the disease do not manifest themselves until the cancer is in the advance stages, when it is too late to do anything that is life saving.
Here are some of the other risk factors that increase the risk of developing the disease:
- Gender (men are more likely to develop the disease than women)
- Race (African Americans more likely this disease than whites)
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Family history
Research into processed meat shows a significantly positive association to pancreatic cancer, but red meat did not produce the same overall association, except, that it did show a positive association towards men who were classed as being at risk of developing the disease.
So, if you are a seasoned meat eater the recommendations are to cut back on your consumption of processed and red meat. You might want to consider changing to healthier options such as chicken, fish or quinoa.
Reference: The Editorsupremo at Hubpages