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Selenium and nickel may lower risk of pancreatic cancer

Posted by: Research 19 December 2011

High bodily levels of the trace elements nickel and selenium may lower the risk of developing the most common type of pancreatic cancer, finds research published online in Gut.

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said:

"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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