Can Vitamin E Reduce Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Many individuals are concerned about their individual risk of developing pancreatic cancer and wonder if vitamin E may be able to help. This vitamin contains many antioxidants that can help keep your cells healthy. While there is still a lot of research that needs to be done, there are numerous studies that suggest that vitamin E may help reduce your pancreatic cancer risk.

Foods that are high in Vitamin E

If you are looking for ways to increase your vitamin E intake, there are numerous foods that are rich in this vitamin. These include:

  • Nuts and seeds – Almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pine nuts and Brazil nuts in particular are high in vitamin E.
  • Fruits – Fruits with high levels of vitamin E include avocado, mango, apricot, cranberries and kiwi.
  • Meat – Salmon, trout, lobster, octopus and crayfish are rich in vitamin E.
  • Vegetables – Vegetables that contain vitamin E include turnip greens, beet greens, red sweet pepper, butternut squash, broccoli and asparagus.

Having a balanced diet and consuming different types of food that contain vitamin E can help you ensure you are getting enough vitamin E each day.

Other ways to reduce pancreatic cancer risk

There are also some known risk factors of pancreatic cancer that you can control. Smoking is highly associated with many forms of cancer, so quitting smoking and avoiding tobacco products in general can help reduce your individual risk. Being overweight can also increase risk of pancreatic cancer. Therefore, losing excess weight can also help reduce your risk.

Learn more about your individual pancreatic cancer risk

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we’re dedicated to advancing research of pancreatic cancer and providing patients with the best possible treatment and support. If you would like to discuss your individual risk of pancreatic cancer with a Moffitt physician, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online.