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    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Jewish Ethnicity and Pancreatic Cancer Mortality in a Large United States Cohort Pancreatic Cancer:




    American Jews may be genetically predisposed to developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Jewish ethnicity and pancreatic cancer have been examined in four previous studies dating to the 1950s, three of which reported higher mortality among Jews than non-Jews. This study is the first to consider the known risk factors for pancreatic cancer—smoking, obesity and diabetes—and the birthplace of Jews and their parents. Data were analyzed from an American Cancer Society study that followed 1,014,625 men and women from 1982 to 2006. Of the 6,727 deaths from pancreatic cancer during this period, 480 were among Jewish participants. Deaths were 43% higher among Jews than non-Jews and didn't vary significantly by age, family history or immigration background. Genetic factors and non-O blood type may contribute to the higher mortality, the study suggests. About 65% of U.S. Jews have non-O blood compared with 55% of white non-Jews. Understanding the reasons why Jews are at greater risk for pancreatic cancer may provide clues to its cause and lead to screening techniques, researchers said.

    Caveat: The study lacked information on Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jewish origin. As the U.S. Jewish population is predominantly Ashkenazi, the results may not generalize to Sephardic Jews, researchers said. Information on the number of Jewish converts involved in the study wasn't available.
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