Two particular vitamins and a mineral could cut your risk of pancreatic cancer by two-thirds, according to European researchers. Worldwide, pancreatic cancer kills more than 250,000 people a year.
The dietary nutrients that fight this cancer are vitamins C and E along with the mineral selenium. The scientists say that if we consumed enough of these substances, one in 12 of these cancers might be prevented.
The disease has the worst prognosis of any cancer, with just 3 percent of people surviving beyond five years. Genes, smoking and type 2 diabetes are all risk factors. Diet is also thought to have a role and may explain why rates vary so much from country to country, say the researchers.
In this study, people whose intake of vitamins C and E and selenium was in the top 25 percent of consumption were 67 percent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who were in the bottom 25 percent. The scientists say that experiments using antioxidant supplements have not produced encouraging results, but this may be because food sources of these nutrients may behave differently from those found in supplements. Citrus and kiwi fruits are high in vitamin C. Nuts and spinach contain vitamin E. Selenium is found in nuts and fish.