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Healthful Behaviors – The More The Better – Reduce Bowel Cancer Risk

October 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
It is possible to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by following several healthful lifestyle behaviors, according to German scientists. Colorectal cancer, also called bowel cancer, is the second most common cancer in men, and the third in women, worldwide. Researchers analyzed data on 347,000 people from 10 countries over 12 years. They then constructed what they called a healthy lifestyle index comprising several lifestyle factors: a healthy weight; low abdominal fat; regular physical activity; not smoking and limiting alcohol; a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, yogurt, nuts, seeds, fiber, but low amounts of red and processed meat. The conclusion: the more lifestyle factors followed by people in the study, the lower the incidence of bowel cancer.
Krasimira Aleksandrova et al., "Combined impact of healthy lifestyle factors on colorectal cancer: a large European cohort study. ", BMC Medicine, October 12, 2014, © Aleksandrova et al.
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