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Best Anti-Colon Cancer Foods

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Surprise: The long-held theory that fat causes colon cancer while fiber prevents it has not panned out, says cancer-diet researcher John Baron, M.D., of Dartmouth Medical School. Example: A new Harvard analysis of 726,000 people finds no link between colorectal cancer and a lack of fiber from cereals, fruits and vegetables.

Your best bets are to see your doctor about screening and:

Restrict red meat, especially cooked well-done, Baron says. In a major study of 478,000 people, those who ate 6 ounces of red and/or processed meat daily were one-third more likely to have colon cancer than those who ate less than 1 ounce a day.

Eat fish. On the other hand, people who eat 3 ounces of fish a day have one-third lower risk than those eating less than 2.5 ounces of fish a week. Poultry had no effect on colon cancer.

Go easy on alcohol. Two drinks a day boost colon cancer risk 16%, and three drinks daily raise it 40%, finds Harvard research.

Eat cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower have anti-carcinogens.

Get calcium and D. Baron found that 1,200mg a day of calcium carbonate cut the recurrence of polyps (tiny growths that can lead to cancer) by 19% in a four-year test. In other research, 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day cut colon cancer risk 50%.

Watch your weight. Obese or overweight men are 2 1/2 times more likely to have colon cancer, according to a new German study.

THE LATEST FROM THE LAB
HELPS HURTS DOESN’T MATTER
Broccoli/cabbage
Calcium
Fish
Red meat
Alcohol
Being fat
Fiber
Poultry
Eating fat

Scientific sources for this article
Colon cancer and fiber from cereal, fruits, vegetables
Park Y, JAMA 2005 Dec 14:292(22): 2849-57

Colon cancer and red meat, fish, poultry
Journal National Cancer Institute, 2005;97(906-16)

Colon cancer and alcohol
Cho E., Ann Intern Med 2004 Apr 20; 140(8): 155

Colon cancer and crucifers
Interview with John Baron, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School
Van Poppel G, et al. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1999;472:159-168.

Colon cancer and body weight
Rapp K, Br J Cancer 2005 Oct 31;93(9): 1062-7

Colon cancer and calcium
Baron, J. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2003; 95: (1765-1771)

This EatSmart column is reprinted from USAWEEKEND Magazine and is copyrighted by Jean Carper. It cannot be reprinted without permission from Jean Carper.


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Article updated on: February 26th, 2006

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