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The Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

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Key Findings

  • Excess body fat is one of the strongest factors that increases risk; abdominal fatness is also a cause.
  • Foods with fiber is one of the strongest factors linked to decreasing risk of this cancer.
  • Consuming processed meats and high amounts of red meat is a cause of colorectal cancer.
  • Drinking alcohol is a cause of this cancer.
  • Daily moderate physical activity reduces the risk.
  • Consumption of garlic, milk, and calcium probably protect against colorectal cancer.

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PREVENTABILITY

PREVENTABILITY

50% of US colorectal cancers — about 68,400 cases — can be prevented by eating healthy, being active and a healthy weight.

Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity,
And Cancer of The Colorectum

Source: AICR/WCRF Continuous Update Project Report: Colorectal Cancer,  2011
STRENGTH OF CURRENT EVIDENCE DECREASES
RISK
INCREASES
RISK
CONVINCING
Effect on Risk:
Foods with fiber
Physical activity
Body fatness
Abdominal fatness
Alcohol (men)
Red & Processed meat
PROBABLE
Effect on Risk:
Garlic
Diets high in calcium
Alcohol (women)

Published on March 17, 2014

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