Recent research published in GUT on-line has shown that high levels of the trace elements selenium and nickel may lower the risk of developing the most common form of pancreatic cancer. It also showed that high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium could boost the chance of getting the disease.
Selenium can be found in brazil nuts, bread, fish, meat and eggs. Nickel can be found in lentils, oats and nuts.
Comment from PCUK states :"With 7,600 people being newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK every year, Pancreatic Cancer UK welcomes the publication of these findings, which show that these trace elements might play an important role in the development of pancreatic cancer.
We hope that the results will encourage the research community to further investigate the role of these and other trace elements with a view to testing whether they could be used in some way to help prevent the development of pancreatic cancer in people who have a high risk of developing the disease."
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