What is the role of diet in the etiology of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Oct 02, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The incidence of pancreatic cancer is lower in persons with a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables rich in folate and lycopenes (such as tomatoes) may be especially good at reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer. [18, 19]

Consumption of red meat, especially of the processed kinds, is associated with a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. Poultry and dairy product consumption does not increase the risk of this disease. [20]

Despite early reports to the contrary, coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. [21]

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