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Drinking coffee tied to pancreatic cancer

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A new study in the March 11, 2011 issue of European Journal of Cancer Prevention found an association between drinking coffee and risk of pancreatic cancer.

The study led by Turati F. of Italy International Agency for Research on Cancer, in Lyon, France and colleagues found coffee drinkers were 34 percent more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The study was based on data pooled from two Italian case-control studies conducted between 1983 and 2008 in Northern Italy involving 688 pancreatic cancer cases and 2004 patients without the malignancy.

Although coffee drinkers, mostly espresso and mocha drinkers, were found to be at 34 percent more likely than non-drinkers to develop pancreatic cancer, the association was not affected by dose and duration, which, the researchers said, suggests that there was no casual relationship between coffee and pancreatic cancer.

However, the researchers did find each cup of coffee per day was associated with a 5 percent increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Decaffeinated coffee and tea on the other hand were not correlated with increased risk of pancreatic cancer, compared with those who did not drink these beverages.

Pancreatic cancer is highly lethal. In 2010, an estimated 43,140 people were diagnised with the disease, which killed about 36,800 people in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.gov.

David Liu