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Blood type linked to cancer risk

PEOPLE with type O blood have a much lower risk of pancreatic cancer, while those with type B blood have the worst risk, according to the latest research.

Compared to type O, those with blood type A have a 32 percent higher risk, those with type AB a 51 percent higher risk and those with type B a 72 percent higher risk.

The findings, published 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 an association between blood type and pancreatic cancer risk gives scientists new insight into mechanisms involved in the disease, Dr Brian Wolpin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Harvard Medical School, who led the study, said.

Pancreatic cancer often spreads quickly and is often not detected until it too late to treat.


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