The causes of pancreatic cancer

Diet and physical activity in pancreatic cancer

Spring 2008

£90,664 to the School of Biological Sciences at UEA for a study into the causes of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is a rare and aggressive cancer. The causes are unknown, although certain foods may be important. Results from previous research, which compared diet between patients with pancreatic cancer and people without cancer, were inconsistent.  Also there is a small amount of evidence that increased physical activity may protect people from pancreatic cancer. The purpose of this research is to clarify the role of diet and exercise, including whether risk is increased by red meat, by fat intake and by sugar.

The research will be conducted in 25,000 healthy people in Norfolk who completed food diaries and questionnaires on exercise. These volunteers, participating in the EPIC Study (European Prospective Investigation into Diet and Cancer), were recruited in 1993 and are being followed up.  Diet and physical activity in patients who develop cancer and people who do not will be compared to look for differences. The investigation will help clarify the causes of cancer so that recommendations can be made to the population on how to prevent this highly fatal cancer.   


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