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Increased risk Of Pancreatic Cancer Associated With Red Meat

by Medindia Content Team on June 28, 2006 at 11:40 AM
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Increased risk Of Pancreatic Cancer Associated With Red Meat

Swedish researchers have reported in the International Journal of Cancer that a diet high on red meat could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Explaining about the risk involved with the consumption of red meat, Swedish researchers have also said that the diet of poultry meat might cut down on the risks. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal cancers, occurring largely, because it is very rarely detected at an early stage, when it is curable. Surgical removal is considered the only chance of a cure, but unfortunately only a few percentages of patients are candidates for this mode of treatment. In many of the cases the removal is not possible as the surgery would often reveals that the cancer has actually spread outside the pancreas.

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Dr. Susanna C. Larsson, the lead researcher said, "Findings from our study suggests that high consumption of red meat is associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer." Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and colleagues had conducted their study on more than 61,000 women. The investigative researchers were interested in the possible effects of meat, fish, poultry, and egg consumption on diet. They announced that during the 17 years of follow-up, 172 of these women were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Larsson also stated that there were no significant associations with consumption of processed meat, fish or eggs. She concluded that these findings would raise the possibility that the individuals may lower their risk of pancreatic cancer by reducing red meat consumption.

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