Study finds diet may impact colon cancer risk

March 01, 2018 06:04 PM

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country. A new study backs up previous research finding that what you eat can affect your risk of getting colon cancer.

The study, published in the journal of the American Medical Association, set out to find if a pro-inflammatory diet increases the risk of colon cancer. That includes red meat, processed meat, refined grains and soda.

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Cleveland Clinic's Dr. James Church did not take part in the study, but says researchers did find a connection in men and women.

"Those with more inflammatory diets have a higher risk of colorectal cancer that is significant - significantly increased," he noted.

Dr. Church says those who ate a low inflammation diet, rich in vegetables, had a significantly lower risk. However, he says while diet plays a role, there is also a genetic component. So the best prevention for anyone is to have regular colonoscopies beginning at age 50.


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