Fibre intake and laryngeal cancer risk

Claudio Pelucchi, R. Talamini, F. Levi, C. Bosetti, C. La Vecchia, E. Negri, M. Parpinel, S. Franceschi

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Background: Consumption of vegetables, fruit and whole grain cereals has been inversely related to laryngeal cancer risk. Among the potential protective agents found in these foods, information on dietary fibres and laryngeal cancer risk are scanty. Patients and methods: A multi-centric, hospital-based case-control study was conducted on 527 patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the larynx and 1297 non-neoplastic controls. Cases and controls, frequency matched by age, sex and study centre, were interviewed using a validated food frequency questionnaire. Results: Compared with the lowest quintile of fibre intake, the odds ratios (ORs) for the highest quintile were 0.3 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.2-0.4] for total fibre, 0.3 (95% CI 0.2-0.5) for soluble non-cellulose polysaccharides (NCP) and for total insoluble fibre, including cellulose (OR = 0.3, 95% CI 0.2-0.4) and insoluble NCP (OR = 0.4, 95% CI 0.3-0.7). The ORs were 0.2 (95% CI 0.1-0.4) for fibre from vegetables, 0.5 (95% CI 0.3-0.7) from fruit and 1.1 (95% CI 0.6-1.9) from grains. The inverse association observed was similar among different subsites of laryngeal cancer, and consistent across strata of various covariates. Conclusions: This study found a strong inverse association between fibre intake and laryngeal cancer risk, which points to fibre as one of the beneficial components of vegetables and fruit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-167
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003


  • Case-control study
  • Diet
  • Fibre
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Risk factors
  • Subsite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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