European researchers have found that the vitamins C and E as well as the mineral selenium may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by two-thirds. Globally, pancreatic cancer kills more than 250,000 people a year.
This cancer is deadly. Only 3 percent of people with this disease survive beyond five years. Genes, smoking and type 2 diabetes are all risk factors. Diet is also thought to play a role.
In this study, people who consumed the highest levels of vitamins C and E and selenium in their food were 67 percent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who took in the least.
The researchers note that experiments using antioxidant dietary supplements have not produced significant results, but this may be because food sources of these nutrients are more beneficial than supplements. Citrus and kiwi fruits are high in vitamin C. Nuts and spinach contain vitamin E. Selenium is found in nuts and fish.