A sausage a day could lead to cancer: Pancreatic cancer warning over processed meat

Health fears: Scientists say even one sausage a day can raise the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly 20 per cent

Health fears: Scientists say even one sausage a day can raise the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly 20 per cent

Eating one sausage a day or two rashers of bacon raises the risk of pancreatic cancer by a fifth, according to research.

Scientists have found that even relatively small amounts of processed meat increase the chance of developing this deadly illness.

Pancreatic cancer is called ‘the silent killer’ because it often does not produce symptoms in early stages.

Even when it does, the symptoms are often vague – such as back pain, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Still hungry Eating 100g a day – the amount found in a small burger – increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 38 per cent

The research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analysed the results of 11 other studies involving 6,000 patients with pancreatic cancer.

There is already widespread evidence that red and processed meat may trigger bowel cancer.

For this reason the Government last year published guidelines advising the public to limit their consumption to 500g of red and processed meat a week.

Professor Susanna Larsson, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm said: ‘Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates.

‘So it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.’

Just over 8,000 Britons are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year.