We evaluated the association between raw garlic consumption and liver cancer in a large population-based case-control study in Eastern China. The study was conducted in Jiangsu, China, from to A total of incident liver cancer cases and randomly selected population-controls were interviewed.
Epidemiological data including raw garlic intake and other exposures were collected, and serum markers of hepatitis B virus HBV and hepatitis C virus HCV infection were assayed. Overall, eating raw garlic twice or more per week was inversely associated with liver cancer, with an adjusted odds ratio aOR of 0.
Translation of "cancer de ficat" in English
In stratified analyses, high intake of raw garlic was inversely associated with liver cancer among Hepatitis B surface antigen HBsAg negative individuals, frequent alcohol drinkers, those having history of eating mold-contaminated food or drinking raw water, and those without family history of liver cancer. Raw garlic consumption is inversely associated with liver cancer.
Such an association shed some light on the potential etiologic role of garlic intake on liver cancer, which in turn might provide a possible dietary intervention to reduce liver cancer in Chinese population.