Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 713–722 | Cite as

Fiber intake and risk of adenocarcinomas of the esophagus and stomach

  • Anna H. WuEmail author
  • Chiu-Chen Tseng
  • Jean Hankin
  • Leslie Bernstein
Original Paper



Since the 1970s, incidence rates for esophageal and gastric cardia adenocarcinomas have risen substantially for reasons that are not well understood. We sought to determine the role of dietary factors in these tumor types.


This analysis on dietary factors included 206 esophageal adenocarcinoma, 257 gastric cardia, 366 distal gastric adenocarcinoma patients and, 1,308 control subjects from a population-based, case-control study conducted in Los Angeles County. Polytomous logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios (ORs), as an estimate of the relative risk, and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the three tumor types.


Intake of fiber had a significant impact on risk of esophageal and gastric cardia adenocarcinoma after adjustment for age, gender, race, birthplace, education, cigarette smoking, body size, history of reflux, and vitamin use. Compared to subjects in the lowest quartile of fiber intake, subjects in the highest quartile of intake showed odd ratios of 0.44 (95% CI = 0.26–0.76) for esophageal adenocarcinoma (P trend = 0.004) and 0.58 (95% CI = 0.38–0.88) for gastric cardia adenocarcinoma (P trend = 0.016); these inverse associations remained after further adjustment for intake of fat. Positive associations between dietary fat and the three tumor types weakened after adjustment for fiber intake and were no longer statistically significant. For distal gastric cancer, a significant inverse association with fiber was observed only after adjustment for fat intake. The significant inverse associations with fiber remained after further adjustment for H. pylori infection for all three tumor types.


High intake of fiber was associated with significant reduced risks of esophageal and gastric cardia adenocarcinoma even after adjustment for dietary fat, H. pylori infection and other covariates.


Fiber Fat Meat H. pylori Esophageal/gastric adenocarcinomas 



We thank all the study participants for their contributions and Annie Fung, Isaura Rivera, Timothy Stirton, and June Yashiki for their help with data collection. The authors have contributed to the conception and design (A Wu, L Bernstein), obtaining funding (A Wu, L Bernstein), data collection (A Wu), data management (C Tseng), statistical analysis (A Wu, C Tseng, L Bernstein), interpretation of study results (A Wu, J Hankin, L Bernstein), and preparation (A Wu, C Tseng) and reviewing of the manuscript (A Wu, C Tseng, J Hankin, L Bernstein). The authors have no conflicts of interest, i.e., involvements that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or in the conclusions, implications or opinions stated in this report. Supported by grant no. 3RT-0122 and 10RT-0251 from the California Tobacco Related Research Program, and grant no. CA59636 from the National Cancer Institute, and NIEHS Grant # 5P30 ES07048. Incident cancer cases for this study were collected by the USC Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP), which is supported under subcontract by the California Department of Health. The CSP is also part of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, under contract number N01CN25403.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna H. Wu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chiu-Chen Tseng
    • 1
  • Jean Hankin
    • 2
  • Leslie Bernstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Southern California, Keck School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Cancer Research Center of HawaiiUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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