The Role of Fiber in the Risk of Pancreatic Cancer.
Source: Annals of Oncology
Date Added:2/9/2012 2:56:00 PM
Date to be Archived:2/13/2022
Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissue of the pancreas. In 2009 in the United States there were 42,470 new cases and 35,240 die from the disease. The prognosis is relatively poor but has improved; the three-year survival rate is now about thirty percent (according to the Washington University School of Medicine), but less than 5 percent of those diagnosed are still alive five years after diagnosis.
A recent study published in the Annals of Oncology was the first to investigate the effect of various dietary fibers in relation to pancreatic cancer risk. Researchers enrolled 326 patients with pancreatic cancer and 652 cancer-free people. Information was elicited by using a validated food frequency questionnaire to all of the subjects. An inverse association emerged between pancreatic cancer and both soluble and total insoluble fiber, particularly cellulose and lignin showed a 50 to 60 percent reduced risk of pancreatic cancer. Fruit fiber intake was inversely associated with a 50 percent reduction in pancreatic cancer, whereas grain fiber did not show any protective effect. In conclusion the results of this study suggest that selected types of fiber and total fiber are inversely related to pancreatic cancer.1
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