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STUDY: Effect exaggerated in overweight, sedentary women
JOURNAL: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
AUTHORS: Dr. Charles Fuchs
ABSTRACT: A diet high in white bread, white rice and potatoes puts women at much higher risk of pancreatic cancer — especially if they are overweight and do not exercise much.
COMMENTARY: Previously, the only known risk factor for pancreatic cancer, which kills 30,000 people a year in the United States, was smoking.
The take-home message for women who are overweight and sedentary is that a diet high in starchy foods may increase their risk of pancreatic cancer.
Substituting less starchy vegetables such as broccoli for potatoes and rice and snacking on fruit are some simple steps they can take to reduce this potentially serious health risk.