BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A new U.S. research
suggested that people who eat lots of fat, especially from meat and dairy
products, are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, media
reported on Monday.
The research, published in the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute, included more than 500,000 people who had completed
in 1995 or 1996 diet questionnaires for whom information about pancreatic cancer
was available about six years later.
The research results showed that people consuming
large amounts of saturated fat were 36 percent more likely to suffer from the
disease. And the link between fat intake and cancer was strongest for saturated
fat from animal food sources, which was associated with a 43 percent increase in
Pancreatic cancer, which is usually fatal, is the
fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Various risk factors
for developing the disease have been identified, including smoking, diabetes and
obesity. Some studies have also linked dietary fat to increased risk, but
researchers said that data had been inconclusive.
The deadly disease will strike more than 42,000
Americans and kill more than 35,000 this year, according to the American Cancer