A prospective study of cigarette smoking and the risk of pancreatic cancer.

​Elevated pancreatic cancer risk is associated cigarette smoking.

This study examined cigarette smoking in relation to pancreatic cancer risk. Researchers followed and evaluated 167,767 cancer-free men and women between the ages of 30-75 years with regards to their smoking habits and pancreatic cancer odds ratios.

Researchers observed a significant elevation in pancreatic cancer risk among subjects who smoked cigarettes. According to this study, former smokers exhibited a 48% reduction in the odds of developing pancreatic cancer within 2 years of quitting smoking and had similar pancreatic cancer risk as never smokers in less than 10 years of smoking cessation. The authors of this study concluded that cessation of cigarette smoking may help cut down the number of deaths in the United States due to pancreatic cancer annually by 25%.

Research Summary Information

  • 1996
  • Fuchs CS, Colditz GA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Hunter DJ, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Speizer FE.
  • Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass, USA.
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
  • No source of funding disclosure found
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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