Fibre protects men from colorectal cancer

February 24, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Fibre protects men from colorectal cancer

According to a new study from researchers at the Arizona Cancer Centre, men who have diets high in fibre are 29 percent more likely to be protected from colorectal cancer than women.

In the evaluation of 2 previous studies, researchers found a significant benefit of fibre for men, but not women.

Recent study findings from The Women's Health Initiative seem to support these findings when no protective effect from colorectal cancer was reported from a diet low in fat, high in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

However, due to the short follow up period of some of the studies mentioned, findings may not be fully accurate since the latency period of cancer is between 10 and 20 years.

Further studies are needed to fully understand the protective effects of a high fibre diet for both men and women.

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