Several studies have revealed that meat and red meat linked to pancreatic cancer risk. Humans who eat two slices of sausage each day have 19% more risks of pancreatic cancer. The percentage will increase with increased consumption of red meat.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult to overcome cancers and has caused so many deaths every year. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect when it is at an early stage. Only 7% of patients live more than five years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Another study presented in the journal BMC Medicine in 2013 has shown a close relationship between the consumption of processed meat with cancer and cardiovascular disease. The experts concluded that 3.3% of deaths could be prevented if we eat less than 20 grams of processed meat products every day.
Based on these studies, nitrates added to meat as a preservative play a key role in the increased risk of pancreatic cancer and other cancers too.
However the link between cancer and processed meat products need to be studied further, but we can reduce the risk of cancer by limiting the consumption of processed meat products from now on.