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Nov 23, 2005

High-fat Dairy Food May Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk

High-fat Dairy Food May Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk
Eat lots of diary foods! That may be the latest message for those of us who are trying to prevent colorectal cancer. In those who make a habit of eating large amounts of high-fat dairy foods and conjugated linoleic acid (a component of dairy foods), may have a reduced risk of colorectal cancer according to Dr. Susanna C. Larsson from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

In a recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Larsson and colleagues are trying to unlock the mysteries associated with the long-term consumption of high-fat dairy foods and the rate of colorectal cancer among more than 60,000 women between 40 and 76 years old who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort.

Those women who consumed at least four servings per day of high-fat dairy foods had a 41-percent lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those women who consumed less than one serving of high-fat dairy foods per day as per this report.

This relationship between diary foods and colorectal cancer was not related to other lifestyle habits of the participants. The relationship was demonstrable even after accounting for such variables as alcohol consumption, family history of colorectal cancer, smoking, physical activity, and the use of multivitamin supplements, aspirin, oral contraceptives, and postmenopausal hormones.

Further analysis of the data identified a relationship between levels of high-fat dairy food in the diet and extent of colorectal cancer risk, with each additional two servings of high-fat dairy foods reducing the risk of colorectal cancer by 13 percent.

The lowest risk of colorectal cancer was associated with high consumption of cheese, the results indicate.

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Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that arises from the inner wall of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer diagnosed in the United States. Each year over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. Most, of these cancers develop from growths in the colon called polyps. Removal of these polyps can prevent colon cancer.

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