The role of Mediterranean diet on the risk of pancreatic cancer

C. Bosetti, F. Turati, A. Dal Pont, M. Ferraroni, J. Polesel, E. Negri, D. Serraino, R. Talamini, C. La Vecchia, M. P. Zeegers

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Background:The Mediterranean diet has been shown to have a beneficial role on various neoplasms, but data are scanty on pancreatic cancer.Methods:We analysed data from two case-control studies conducted in Italy between 1983 and 2008, including 362 and 326 pancreatic cancer cases and 1552 and 652 hospital-controls, respectively. A Mediterranean Diet Score (MDS) summarising major characteristics of the Mediterranean diet was used in the two studies separately and overall. Two further scores of adherence to the Mediterranean diet were applied in the second study only, the Mediterranean Dietary Pattern Adherence Index (MDP) and the Mediterranean Adequacy Index (MAI).Results:Odds ratios (ORs) for increasing levels of the scores (i.e., increasing adherence) were estimated using multiple logistic regression models. Odds ratio for a MDS score ≥6 compared with

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1360-1366
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • case-control; Mediterranean diet; pancreatic cancer; risk factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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