Eating two portions of whole grains a day could almost halve the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, research shows.
The cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, claiming the lives of around 7,000 Britons a year and killing 95 per cent of patients within two years.
But research has shown a diet rich in wholemeal bread, brown rice and other whole grain foods could bring about a substantial reduction in the risk of developing it.
A study of more than 2,000 men and women revealed a clear link between the amount of whole grains eaten and the chance of developing pancreatic cancer.
Those who ate at least two helpings of whole grains a day - the equivalent of a cup of brown rice or porridge, or two slices of wholemeal bread - were 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who ate less than one portion.
The study, which was carried out by the University of California, San Francisco, also noted that those who ate more than 0.9oz (26.5g) of fibre a day were 35 per cent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who ate less than 0.6oz (15.6g).
The researchers said: "There is a possibility that diet can affect one's risk of pancreatic, as well as other cancers.
Source - Daily Mail