Links between Blood GroupMarch 11th, 2009 - 1:33 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
On Tuesday the researchers said from a studying explain the causes of the deadliest kinds of cancer. According to the study people with Blood Type O have a much lower risk for pancreatic cancer, while those with type B blood have the worst risk.
Comparatively between people of group blood type O and people with blood type A have a 32 per cent higher risk of pancreatic cancer, those with type AB have a 51 per cent higher risk and those with type B have a 72 per cent higher risk, the researchers found.
The findings, appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, were based on 107,503 men and women whose health has been tracked since the 1970s and 1980s.
Finding this association between blood type and pancreatic cancer risk gives scientists new insight into the biological mechanisms involved in the disease, Dr Wolpin said.
‘There are very few known genetic risk factors for pancreatic cancer. And what this study shows is that blood type, which is defined by a gene on your ninth chromosome, appears to be associated with risk of developing this disease,’ Dr Wolpin said in a telephone interview.
‘It may indicate that either this gene that defines your blood type, or a nearby gene on chromosome nine, is important and may actually be an inherited risk factor for pancreatic cancer,’ Dr Wolpin added.
The American Cancer Society says 34,290 Americans die of pancreatic cancer every year, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Pancreatic cancer often spreads quickly and in many people is not detected until it is in an advanced stage when surgical removal is not possible.
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