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The Colon Cancer/Diet Connection

Study identifies eating and drinking patterns linked to colon cancer risk.

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Red meat and alcohol connected to colon cancer

People with high alcohol (≥4 drinks/d) or high red meat consumption had a 60% and 10% higher odds of developing colon cancer, respectively, compared with those with lower or no alcohol or red meat consumption, according to a meta-analysis review study in JAMA Network Open.

The findings also revealed that individuals with high calcium, dietary fiber and yogurt intake had a 20% lower colon cancer risk. More than 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colon cancer annually, according to the American Cancer Society.

See also: Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Growth



Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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