Most of us are certified meat lovers. Bacon, hot dogs, packaged ham--these are breakfast staples in a lot of homes. However, a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer is saying that eating too much processed meat can lead to pancreatic cancer. As one of the deadliest cancers around--with just a 5.5 percent survival rate--this new research is certainly cause for alarm.

But how much is too much meat? According to the study, eating an extra 50g of processed meat every day can increase your chances of getting pancreatic cancer by 19 percent. If you eat 100g of it every day, the risk increases by 38 percent. Eat 150g, and the risk shoots up to 57 percent. These results were also compared with 11 other trials that involved 6,643 individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. What researchers found coincided with their initial findings--processed red meat can indeed be linked to pancreatic cancer.

While a lot more research needs to be done, it can’t hurt to keep consumption of your favorite red meats under control. This doesn't mean saying goodbye to your breakfast bacon forever--just reducing it to a couple of times a week, or even just once a week or once in a while. After all, eating too much of anything is bad for your health, and you'll do your body a favor by switching to a more nutritious diet.

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