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Diet and lifestyle ‘play significant role in colorectal cancer’

12th September 2017

A large-scale study has highlighted the significant role that people's diets and lifestyles can have in influencing their risk of colorectal cancer.

Spearheaded by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, the study assessed the findings of 99 prior studies, including data on 29 million people, to uncover steps people can take to reduce their colorectal cancer risk.

It was shown that eating approximately three servings of whole grains daily reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 17 percent, whereas eating high amounts of red meat or processed meat can increase the risk.

The study also revealed that people who are more physically active have a lower risk of colon cancer compared to those who do little exercise, while being overweight or obese and consuming two or more daily alcoholic drinks were linked with a higher cancer risk.

Study leader Dr Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said: "The findings from this comprehensive report are robust and clear: diet and lifestyle have a major role in colorectal cancer."

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