The very idea of dealing with colon cancer (or any other type) is, of course, scary. Diet and lifestyle both have a significant impact on risk of developing colon cancer, a recent study showed. In fact, the team from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund concluded that approximately 47 percent of colorectal cancers in the US could be prevented each year with moderate and sustained changes to diet and lifestyle.
This meta-analysis (study of studies) evaluated globally performed research investigating how diet, weight and physical activity affected development of colon cancer risk; the team analyzed 99 studies, including data on 29 million people – of those, approximately 250,000 developed colorectal cancer.
This study represents the first time that the AICR and WCRF connected whole grains as an independent factor that lowers colon cancer risk. Researchers believe that eating about 90 grams of whole grains every day can reduce risk of colorectal cancer by 17 percent.
Meanwhile, on the other side, foods were found to increase risk of colorectal cancer. These include red meat and processed meats, such as hot dogs, sausages, bacon, beef and pork. Also, consuming more than two alcoholic drinks daily can increase risk as well.
Other factors that play roles in increased risk of colorectal cancer include overweight/obesity (diet and exercise can change this), and lack of exercise. People who are more physically active have shown lower risk of colon cancer compared to those who do very little, according to the new study.
The study found other dietary constituents that may have some positive influence as well, notably fish and foods containing vitamin C — but these would need to be studied more as the links were not as clear.
“Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers, yet this report demonstrates there is a lot people can do to dramatically lower their risk,” said Edward L. Giovannucci, MD, ScD, lead author of the report and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. “The findings from this comprehensive report are robust and clear: Diet and lifestyle have a major role in colorectal cancer.”
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