Narrator: This is Science Today. Eating a high-vegetable diet has been associated with close to a fifty percent reduction in the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Elizabeth Holly, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California , San Francisco , says the study was one of the largest of its kind.
Holly: The association that we found was reduced risk for pancreatic cancer with eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, mostly vegetables were important. This is just really quite interesting to see that if you eat a lot of vegetables or a lot of fruits and vegetables, you can reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer.
Narrator: Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose and hard to treat, so patients often die very rapidly.
Holly: It's really fabulous if we can find anything that impacts pancreatic cancer because it's such a devastating disease. It is the fourth and fifth most common cause of death in cancers in the United States .
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.