Diet and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma risk

  • Zahra Mozaheb
  • Amir Aledavood
  • Farzaneh Farzad


Background: The role of dietary factors in the epidemiology of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) remains largely undefined. Dietary habits may play a role in the etiology of NHL by influencing the immune system. Methods: Dietary patterns and the risk of NHL were analyzed in a case control study; including 170 NHL cases and 190 controls. All subjects completed a validated food-frequency questionnaire. The dietary pattern was investigated separately and in nine nutritional groups. Crosstab tables were used to estimate the odds ratios (OR), and Ptrend. Results: Consumption of highest versus lowest quartile of proteins (OR, 8.088 Ptrend=0.000), fats (OR, 6.17 Ptrend=0.000) and sweets (OR, 8.806 Ptrend=0.000) were associated with a significantly increased NHL risk. The inverse association was found for fresh fruits (OR, 0.117 Ptrend=0.000) and vegetables (OR, 0.461 Ptrend =0.010). Conclusion: An association between dietary intake and the risk of NHL is biologically plausible due to immunosuppressive effects of fat and animal proteins, and antioxidant properties of vegetables and fruits.

Pan African Medical Journal 2012; 12:53

Author Biographies

Zahra Mozaheb
Department of Hematology, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran
Amir Aledavood
Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran
Farzaneh Farzad
Azad University of Mashhad, Iran

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eISSN: 1937-8688