Research from the US suggests that those who eat fat from meat and dairy products are at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer according to an article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on Monday.
The study included over 500,000 people who completed surveys in 1995 and 1996 that were looked at again in 12 years to see the results of diet and the development of the disease.
The results of the study showed people who regularly consumed saturated fat had a heightened risk of 26% of developing pancreatic cancer. The risk was even higher for those who consumed saturated fats from meat at 43%.
Pancreatic cancer is usually fatal and has the fourth highest death rate of all cancer deaths in the United States. Risk factors of the disease include obesity, diabetes, and smoking.
In the past, other studies have suggested dietary fat is a contributing factor but until now data from these studies has been inconclusive.
The dangerous cancer form is expected to strike over 42,000 Americans within the next year according to the American Cancer Society, out of which over 35,000 are expected to die.