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Evaluation of Trace Elements in Pancreatic Cancer Patients in Iran

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Author(s): Leila Farzin | Mohammad Esmail Moassesi | Fattaneh Sajadi | Mohammad Amin Ahmadi Faghih

Journal: Middle East Journal of Cancer
ISSN 2008-6709

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Pancreatic cancer | Trace elements | Atomic absorption spectrometry | Iran

ABSTRACT
Background: Pancreatic cancer is a major worldwide health problem. Little is known about the etiology of pancreatic cancer, which is an important cause of cancer mortality in developed countries. This study evaluates the importance of amounts of trace elements in pancreatic cancer etiology and diagnostics.Methods: Atomic absorption spectrometry was used to estimate zinc, selenium, copper, cadmium and lead concentrations in 80 patients with pancreatic cancer admitted to various hospitals in Tehran Province over an 18-month period and in 100 control subjects.Results: There were significantly lower levels (P
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