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Diet and Cancer Risk

Posted 6/16/2014

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  It always feels a bit risky to write about diet recommendations. There is so much out there, and so much of it is not evidence-based or has strong ties to a particular interest group (e.g. manufacturers of supplements) or lends itself to obsessive worry. The sturdy bottom line seems always to be that a generally healthy diet may be good in terms of cancer health, too.

  A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research suggests that limiting red meat and alcohol and eating lots of fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Here is the start and then a link to read more in an article from MedPage:

Diet and Cancer: Less Red Meat, More Fruit

by Charles Bankhead

Dietary guidance to reduce cancer risk has
"sufficiently compelling" evidence to
recommend avoidance of red meat, limited
intake of alcohol and dairy products, and
increased consumption of fruits,
vegetables, and soy products, authors of a
review concluded.
The evidence encompasses a wide range of
cancers, including prostate, breast, head
and neck, colorectal, and pancreatic
cancer. Based on findings from a World
Cancer Research Fund/American Institute
for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) report,
the data on causal influences of dietary
factors are not necessarily conclusive in
every case, but substantial enough to
support all of the recommendations.


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