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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Bacon will kill you

In the effort to control your lives, it would seem that even the bacon butty is an evil, cancer causing, devil. From here comes this tale of death and damnation.

Eating two rashers of bacon a day can increase the threat of pancreatic cancer by 19 per cent - and the risk goes up if a person eats more, say experts.

They said the warning applies to anyone who daily consumes 50g of processed meat - the equivalent of one sausage - compared with people who eat none at all.

The extra risk jumps to 38 per cent for those eating 100g and to 57 per cent for people on 150g a day. Experts added that the lifetime danger of developing the disease is relatively low - one in 77 for men and one in 79 for women.

Well I’m going to carry on and die a horrible death from pork. However further on in the article something is amiss. I don’t know if this is the author of this articles mistake, or comes from the researcher.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is by researchers at the respected Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. They examined data from 11 separate studies involving 6,643 cases of pancreatic cancer and found inconclusive evidence on the risks of eating red meat overall compared with consuming none. (My embolden).

Phew, nothing to worry about then.

FFS why can’t these fuckwits get a life and realise that every day we take risks. just give us the facts and allow us to do what we wish.

Just look at the heading on this blog.

Nanny state. Fuck Off. First it was smoking. Then it was drinking. Then they attacked the fatties. Now the humble fair of millions is under threat. Will it never end?


  1. Is that 50g of bacon before cooking, or after all the disgusting white crud has bubbled out?

  2. FE,

    basic epidemiology. If a study finds a correlation of less than a doubling of risk, then the result is deemed unusable (inconclusive) because the "signal" in the data is too weak - it could be caused by random noise, coincidence etc. Anytime you read about anything having an impact less than doubling your risk, you can ignore it, it's rubbish.

    Interestingly the original study on which the dangers of second hand smoke were established should an increased risk of "smoking related" diseases of just 13%.

  3. On a serious note .. it would be interesting to see an extrapolation of the quoted figures, showing a break down in the incidence of pancreatic cancer in Vegetarians, Jewish & Muslim people ..

    Because although they won't have consumed processed pork products .. One has to assume that they are not immune from that form of cancer ..

  4. The Daily Mash is aware of this threat to mankind and has published a knowledgeable and profound article on the subject:

  5. A very quick & completely un-scientific search on Google found this report on worldwide reporting of PDAC (Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma) ..


    One small part of the report immediately jumped out at me ..

    "Being Jewish increases the risk of developing PDAC as compared to other religious faiths" ..

    Make of that what you will ..

  6. "humble fair"?

    Hardly fare, surely?

  7. "humble fair"?

    I was wondering when someone was going to spot that.

  8. To begin, I currently eat (on average) less than one sausage a day, I do not smoke. But I do travel quite extensively in Europe, where it seems to me, smoking and sausage eating are a popular pass-time. So I ask myself why isn't there an epidemic of assorted smoking related cancers, and an epidemic of pancreatic cancer? Now I know my observations are totally un-scientific but...


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