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Title: Fruit and vegetable consumption is inversely associated with having pancreatic cancer.
Authors: Jansen RJ,  Robinson DP,  Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ,  Bamlet WR,  de Andrade M,  Oberg AL,  Hammer TJ,  Rabe KG,  Anderson KE,  Olson JE,  Sinha R,  Petersen GM
Journal: Cancer Causes Control
Date: 2011 Dec
Branches: MEB
PubMed ID: 21915615
PMC ID: PMC3522747
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Studies on fruit, vegetable, fiber, and grain consumption and pancreatic cancer risk are inconclusive. We used a clinic-based case-control study specifically designed to address limitations of both cohort and case-control studies to examine the relationship. METHODS: Participants were excluded who reported changing their diet within 5 years prior to study entry. And 384 rapidly ascertained cases and 983 controls (frequency matched on age (±5 years), race, sex, and residence) completed epidemiologic surveys and 144-item food frequency questionnaires. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals were calculated using logistic regression adjusted for age, sex, smoking, body mass index, energy intake, and alcohol consumption. RESULTS: Comparing highest to lowest quintiles, we observed significant inverse associations (OR < 0.8) with significant trends (p (trend) < 0.05) for citrus, melon, and berries, other fruits, dark green vegetables, deep yellow vegetables, tomato, other vegetables, dry bean and pea, insoluble fiber, soluble fiber, whole grains, and orange/grapefruit juice, and an increased association with non-whole grains. Results were similar after adjusting for diabetes or total sugar intake. CONCLUSIONS: We provide evidence that lower consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber is associated with having pancreatic cancer. This may have a role in developing prevention strategies.