WFPB and Pancreatic Cancer

WFPB and Pancreatic Cancer

Fruits and Vegetables Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Men Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. However, a new study suggests that dietary changes may lower the risk of developing this disease. Canadian researchers analyzed dietary data for 585 people with pancreatic cancer and 4,779 people without the disease. After adjusting for age, smoking, body mass index, physical activity, Canadian province, education, and total calorie intake, researchers found that men consuming the greatest amount of fresh fruits and vegetables were half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as men who consumed the least amount of these foods. For unknown reasons, the benefit of fruits and vegetables was limited to males. Fruits and cruciferous vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and other cancer-fighting compounds.

Nkondjock A, Krewski D, Johnson KC, Ghadirian P. Dietary patterns and risk of pancreatic cancer. Int J Cancer. 2005;114:817-23.

Meat and Fat Intake Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that meat consumption increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, one the most serious forms of the disease. Researchers with the Multiethnic Cohort Study in Hawaii and Los Angeles followed 190,545 participants for seven years, finding that those who regularly consumed red meat (beef, pork, lamb) showed a 50 percent increase in cancer risk; and those who consumed the most processed meat (sausage, salami, bologna) showed a 70 percent increase in risk.1 The researchers speculate that carcinogens formed during the preparation of the beef, pork, and lamb products may be to blame.

According to a new study, fat from red meat and dairy products is associated with increased risk of pancreatic cancer. As part of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, researchers followed and analyzed the diets of more than 525,000 participants to determine whether there is an association between dietary fat and pancreatic cancer. This same study found no association between plant-food fat and pancreatic cancer.2

1. Nöthlings U, Wilkens LR, Murphy SP, Hankin, JH, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. Meat and fat intake as risk factors for pancreatic cancer: the multiethnic cohort study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005;97:1458-1465.

2. Thiébaut ACM, Jia L, Silverman DT, et al. Dietary fatty acids and pancreatic cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2009;101:1001-1011.

Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Obesity Past studies have linked pancreatic cancer with cigarette smoking, diabetes, and family history of the disease. A new study, conducted by interviews with 526 pancreatic cancer patients, now adds obesity, high caloric intake, heavy alcohol consumption, and low intake of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) to the list of risk factors, suggesting important means of prevention.

Silverman DT. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer: a case-control study based on direct interviews. Teratog Carcinog Mutagen 2001;21:7-25.

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