Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal common cancers affecting both men and women, representing about 3% of all new cancer cases in the United States. A study investigated the association of pancreatic cancer risk with alcohol consumption as well as folate intake. A case-control study was performed, based on 384 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from May 2004 to December 2009 and 983 primary care healthy controls in a largely white population (>96%). The study findings showed no significant association between risk of pancreatic cancer and either overall alcohol consumption or type of alcohol consumed (drinks/day). Dietary folate intake had a modest effect size, but was significantly inversely associated with pancreatic cancer (odds ratio (OR) = 0.99, p < 0.0001). The study supports the hypothesis that pancreatic cancer risk is reduced with higher food-based folate intake and there is no association between alcohol consumption and the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Source: Association between Alcohol Consumption, Folate Intake, and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: A Case-Control Study. Yellow W, Bamlet WR, Oberg AL, Anderson KE, Olson JE, Sinha R, Petersen GM, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Jansen RJ. Nutrients 2017, 9, 448; doi:10.3390/nu9050448.