Cancer

Year Published: 2013

Journal

Br J Cancer

Authors

Bao Y, Hu FB, Giovannucci EL, Wolpin BM, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Fuchs CS

Methods

Authors anayzed data from the Nurses' Health Study, which followed 121,700 US female nurses for more than 30 years. Women completed dietary questionnaires every 4 years, and health history questionnaires were given every 2 years. Authors observed the relationship between nut intake (both peanuts and tree nuts) and pancreatic cancer in women.

Key Findings

Frequent nut consumption (including peanuts and tree nuts) was associated with reduced pancreatic cancer risk, with highest consumers (at least twice per week) having up to a 35% reduction in risk compared to those who did not consume nuts. Peanuts and other nuts analyzed separately were also associated with reduced risk for pancreatic cancer, but the results did not reach statistical significance.