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Dietary Fatty Acids and Pancreatic Cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study

​Frequent consumers of fatty foods, especially fats from red meat and dairy products, are much more prone to develop pancreatic cancer.

This study examined the consumption of high-fat diets in relation to pancreatic cancer development risk. Researchers tracked the pancreatic cancer incidence rates and total fat, polyunsaturated fatty acid, and monounsaturated fatty acid intakes of more than 500,000 men and women recruited from the National Institute of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study.

The team of investigators discovered that high total fat and monounsaturated fatty acids intake increased the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. According to this study, fats from animal sources, such as red meat and dairy products, had the greatest cancer-promoting effects on the pancreas. However, no association was found between polyunsaturated fatty acids and pancreatic cancer risk in this study. The results from this study suggest that adherence to high-fat diets, especially fats from red meat and dairy products, may accelerate the development and growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the pancreas.

Research Summary Information

  • 2009
  • Thiébaut AC, Jiao L, Silverman DT, Cross AJ, Thompson FE, Subar AF, Hollenbeck AR, Schatzkin A, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ.
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, USA.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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