A good diet 'could reduce the risk of bowel cancer'

25 October 2011

A good diet plays an important role in bowel cancer, according to one research body.

The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), a cancer charity that funds research into cancer worldwide, suggested that a healthy, balanced diet is one effective way to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

Dr Lara Bennett, scientific advisor at the AICR, said: "We know that a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and processed meats could lower the risk of bowel cancer."

She added that having a lower bodyweight and being more physically active can reduce the risk of contracting the disease.

People who are less physically active and are generally more overweight have a higher risk of bowel cancer due to often large amounts of processed foods and lack of fruit and vegetables consumed.

According to data from Cancer UK, 39,991 people in the UK were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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