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Red Meat Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

No association found with consumption of poultry, fish, eggs or dairy products

TUESDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of red meat and processed meat are associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in the Oct. 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Ute Nothlings, Dr.PH., of the Cancer Research Center at the University of Hawaii, and colleagues analyzed data from 190,545 members of the prospective Multiethnic Cohort Study. During a seven-year follow-up, there were 482 cases of pancreatic cancer.

Cohort members in the fifth quintile of daily intake for processed meat had a 68% increased risk compared with those in the lowest quintile. A 50% higher risk was seen with a high intake of pork and total red meat.

"There were no associations of pancreatic cancer risk with intake of poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs, total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol," the researchers found.

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