Inflammatory’ Diet Linked To Higher Risk Of Colon Cancer

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Diet Linked To Higher Risk Of Colon Cancer

People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a US study suggests.Researchers examined more than two decades of US survey data on eating habits and cancer diagnoses for 74,246 female nurses and 46,804 male health professionals. They sorted participants into five groups based on how likely it was that their daily diets could contribute to inflammation.

Compared to people with diets that had the least potential to cause inflammation, individuals with diets that were most likely to cause inflammation were 32% more likely to develop colorectal cancer during the study, researchers report in JAMA Oncology.“A dietary pattern that is associated with higher levels of inflammation will chronically stimulate the bowels, leading to the production of a constantly higher level of circulating inflammation mediators that may contribute to the development of cancer,” said lead study author Fred Tabung, a researcher at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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