ABO blood groups and cancer of the pancreas

  • V. Annese
  • M. Minervini
  • A. Gabbrielli
  • G. Gambassi
  • R. Manna


Few investigations discussing an association between ABO blood groups and pancreatic cancer exist. We have selected a series of 224 patients with histologically-confirmed pancreatic cancer, and their ABO blood groups distribution was compared with two control groups: 7086 patients with various diseases (Group 1) and 7320 voluntary blood donors (Group 2). There was an increased number of pancreatic cancer among the patients with blood group B (relative risk 1.5 vs Group 1p = 0.021; 1.7 vs Group 2p = 0.0025) and a decreased number in patients with blood group O, when compared with the two control groups.

Pancreatic cancer

blood groups incidence B blood group 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Annese
    • 1
  • M. Minervini
    • 2
  • A. Gabbrielli
    • 3
  • G. Gambassi
    • 3
  • R. Manna
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology“C.S.S.” HospitalSan Giovanni Rotondo (FG)Italy
  2. 2.Department of Hematology“C.S.S.” HospitalSan Giovanni Rotondo (FG)Italy
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineCatholic UniversityRomeItaly

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