Does pizza protect against cancer?

Silvano Gallus, Cristina Bosetti, Eva Negri, Renato Talamini, Maurizio Montella, Ettore Conti, Silvia Franceschi, Carlo La Vecchia

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Abstract

We analyzed the potential role of pizza on cancer risk, using data from an integrated network of case-control studies conducted in Italy between 1991 and 2000. Cancer sites were: oral cavity and pharynx (598 cases), esophagus (304 cases), larynx (460 cases), colon (1,225 cases) and rectum (728 cases). Controls were 4,999 patients admitted for acute, non-neoplastic conditions to the same hospital network as cases. Odds ratios for regular pizza consumers were 0.66 (95% confidence interval, CI 0.47-0.93) for oral and pharyngeal cancer, 0.41 (95% CI = 0.25-0.69) for oesophageal, 0.82 (95% CI = 0.56-1.19) for laryngeal, 0.74 (95% CI = 0.61-0.89) for colon and 0.93 (95% CI = 0.75-1.17) for rectal cancer. Pizza appears therefore to be a favorable indicator of risk for digestive tract neoplasms in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-284
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2003

Keywords

  • Digestive tract cancers
  • Lycopene
  • Pizza
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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    Gallus, S., Bosetti, C., Negri, E., Talamini, R., Montella, M., Conti, E., Franceschi, S., & La Vecchia, C. (2003). Does pizza protect against cancer? International Journal of Cancer, 107(2), 283-284. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.11382