Defeating colon cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  March 16, 2002 at 5:01 PM General Health News
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Defeating colon cancer
Increasing folic acid intake and decreasing alcohol help beat the risk for those with a family history of colon cancer. According to previous studies have shown that colon cancer often runs in families. If you have a sibling or parent with the disease, you can opt for regular colon exams, cut down on red meat and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to reduce your cancer risk.
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According to researchers in the medical University of Texas, they highlighted how dietary intervention helps those with a family history of colon cancer. The research covered nearly 50,000 female nurses whose family history of dietary habits were known. This showed that those who had a genetic risk of colon cancer were two and a half times more likely to develop the disease, compared to the general population, if they consumed a diet low in folic acid.

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But those women whose diet was high in folic acid, and low in alcohol, were protected. Even if they had a family history of colon cancer, they were at no greater risk of getting the disease. This provides a rationale for a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, and also for possibly considering a folic acid supplement. The study may also shed new light on the biology of colon cancer, stimulating further research.

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