High fibre diet can lower colon cancer risk by 40 percent

June 26, 2001 in Cancer Prevention, Healthy Eating

High fibre diet can lower colon cancer risk by 40 percent

Results from the largest study to ever investigate diet and cancer, was presented at an international conference in France last week. Involving 400,000 people from nine countries, the study found the fibre was particularly important in reducing cancer of the colon and rectum. Individuals who ate the most fibre reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 40 percent.

The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and Nutrition (EPICN) study, which began 15 years ago, also showed a lower risk of developing colon cancer in people eating plenty of fish, and a higher risk in those consuming large amounts of preserved meats such as ham, bacon and salami. Eating poultry did not increase the risk of cancer and may have a protective effect.

The EPIC study also showed that people who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and drink more than a bottle of wine are 50 times more likely to suffer from throat cancers.

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