When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

July 24, 2012 | 3 minute read

Dietary Antioxidants May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Eating mushrooms, oranges, brazil nuts and other foods packed with vitamins C, E, and/or selenium may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly types of cancer, according to a new study published today in the journal Gut.

Pancreatic cancer has been in the news lately with the death of Sally Ride, the first US woman astronaut. Ride is one of the estimated 37,000 Americans who will die of pancreatic cancer this year.  According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death. It is often not diagnosed until the advanced stages, when treatment is challenging.

In the study, researchers drew upon data of almost 24,000 participants who were part of the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study. Participants filled out a seven-day food diary when they entered the study in the mid-1990s. They also gave a blood sample that was analyzed for vitamin C levels.

Current research is limited and conflicting on whether diet affects pancreatic cancer risk. Study researchers here looked specifically at some of the more well studied dietary antioxidants: vitamins C, E, selenium and zinc. They determined how much of each antioxidant the participants ate then divided the participants into four groups, from the lowest to highest.

After tracking the participants for 10 years, those who ate the highest amounts of vitamins C, E, and selenium intake were about two-thirds less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who consumed the least. The risk reduction was seen among a combination of the three highest-consuming groups, suggesting that eating only a little more than the lowest amount is protective. Those who ate the highest amounts of selenium halved their pancreatic cancer risk. Again, this was seen in a combination of the three highest groups of selenium-consumers, compared to those who ate the least.

Food diaries for vitamin C only hinted at a link to reduced risk but the link became statistically significant when looking at vitamin C blood levels.

The authors adjusted for several recognized risk factors, such as age and smoking. Smoking tobacco is the most important risk factor for pancreatic cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Having type 2 diabetes is also a recognized risk factor. AICR’s expert report and its continuous updates found that excess body fat and abdominal fat also increases the risk.

For more information on reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer, see how diet affects the risk on our site. The NCI looks at these and other established risk factors.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From the Blog

Close