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      Dietary fatty acid patterns and risk of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma


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          To characterize and examine the associations between dietary fatty acid intake patterns and the risk of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC).


          A total of 422 patients and 423 controls were recruited. Dietary fatty acids were entered into a factor analysis. Multivariable logistic regression and restricted cubic spline were used to evaluate the risk of ESCC specific for different dietary fatty acid patterns (FAPs). A forest plot was applied to show the association between FAPs and ESCC risk after stratification by lifestyle exposure factors (tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, pickled food, fried food, hot food, hard food).


          The factor analysis generated four major fatty acid patterns: a medium- and long-chain SFA (MLC-SFA) pattern; an even-chain unsaturated fatty acid (EC-UFA) pattern, a saturated fatty acid (SFA) pattern and an n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 LC-PUFA) pattern. In the multivariate-adjusted model, the odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of ESCC were 2.07 (1.31, 3.26) and 0.53 (0.34, 0.81) for the highest versus the lowest tertiles of the EC-UFA pattern and n-3 LC-PUFA pattern, respectively. The MLC-SFA and SFA patterns were not associated with ESCC. An association between FAPs and ESCC risk after stratification by lifestyle exposure factors was also observed.


          Our study indicates that the EC-UFA pattern and n-3 LC-PUFA pattern intake are associated with ESCC, providing a potential dietary intervention for ESCC prevention.

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                PeerJ Inc. (San Diego, USA )
                31 March 2022
                : 10
                : e13036
                [1 ]Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Fujian Medical University , Fuzhou, Fujian, China
                [2 ]Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University , FuZhou, Fujian, China
                [3 ]Department of Thoracic Surgery, Fujian Medical University Cancer Hospital , FuZhou, Fujian, China
                [4 ]Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Gastrointestinal Cancer, Fujian Medical University , FuZhou, Fujian, China
                ©2022 Hu et al.

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                : 8 September 2021
                : 9 February 2022
                Funded by: National Key R&D Program of China
                Award ID: No. 2017YFC0907100
                Funded by: Medical Innovation project of Fujian Province
                Award ID: No. 2018-CX-38
                Funded by: Fujian Medical University
                Award ID: No. 2018QH2012
                This work was supported by the National Key R& D Program of China (No.2017YFC0907100), Medical Innovation project of Fujian Province (No.2018-CX-38) and the Startup Fund for scientific research, Fujian Medical University (No. 2018QH2012). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
                Gastroenterology and Hepatology
                Public Health

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