Antioxidant vitamins can prevent deadliest cancer
The risk of getting pancreatic cancer could be dramatically reduced if people took large amounts of the C, E and selenium antioxidant vitamins every day, say researchers. This one change could prevent more than one in 12 cases.
The cancer kills more than 250,000 people worldwide each year, and 7,500 new cases are annually diagnosed in the UK. It is one of the deadliest cancers, with just 5 per cent of sufferers surviving beyond five years.
The link between the antioxidants and the cancer were spotted by researchers who had recruited 23,500 people into the EPIC (European Prospective Investigation of Cancer) study. During the four years of the trial, 49 people developed pancreatic cancer, and this increased to 86 people by 2010.
However, those in the top 25 per cent for selenium intake halved their risk of developing the cancer, and the risk dropped further, to 67 per cent, among those whose diets were also rich in vitamins C and E. This translates into one in 12 cases that would have been prevented, researchers estimate.
(Source: Gut, 2012; doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2011-301908).