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Among the population as a whole, research shows a strong link between being obese and increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Now a large new analysis suggests that obesity increases the risk of African Americans dying from pancreatic cancer, a cancer that affects African Americans more than any other racial group.
The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.
African Americans are diagnosed with and die from pancreatic cancer more than any other racial group, according to the National Cancer Institute. Previous research focusing on obesity, African Americans and pancreatic cancer included only a few study that gave conflicting findings.
For this analysis researchers pooled data from seven studies, including almost 240,000 African Americans. The studies all had used self-reported information to calculate BMI, a standard measure of body fat.
“Why didn’t they teach any of this in med school?” So began the question and answer session following my presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). My topic: “Information Overload! Helping Patients Distinguish Evidence-Based vs. Anecdotal Nutrition Strategies.”
If you sometimes have a sense of information overload about what the research is saying when it comes to cancer prevention, heart disease and other areas of your health, you’re not alone.
Headlines regularly contradict each other about “must-include super foods”, rules about what to avoid, and suggestions that long-held nutrition mantras don’t make any difference after all. As it turns out, the health professionals at AACVPR made it clear that it’s not only their patients who are feeling information overload; they are, too.
In my presentation, we looked at common areas of confusion, going beyond the headlines to put studies within context of overall research.
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You may have noticed that things look a little different around here today.
We’ve given the AICR logo and brand identity a fresh coat of paint, and we’ve tweaked our homepage to make it easier for you to find everything we have to offer.
But what I and everyone here at AICR is most excited about is the new mini-site we’re launching today – a new initiative to turn the evidence-based guidance we’ve been giving Americans for decades into a bold new public awareness campaign – one that reaches the heart, as well as the head.
At this mini-site, CANcer PREVENTion: Together We Can, we’ve created new tools, quizzes and interactive content to help you start living for lower cancer risk today.
I hope you take a moment to poke around the site and share it with friends. It’s our attempt to distill massive amounts of research into a format that’s inviting, engaging and easy-to-use.