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Study: Diet Change Shows Ability to Lower Colon Cancer Risk

According to CBS News, a study published in Nature Communication has found that adopting a low-fat, high-fiber diet traditional in countries such as South Africa for just two weeks had an impact on colon cancer risk. Colorectal cancer is among the top causes of cancer deaths in the US, and it is already known that a Western diet traditionally high in animal protein and low in fiber increases colon cancer risk. The researchers had a group of South Africans swap diets with a group of African-Americans for two weeks and found significant changes in the makeup of the intestinal microbiota and a number of biomarkers associated with colon cancer risk. The authors can’t say if this diet change would definitely have led to fewer cancer occurrences, but the results indicate that it is never too late to modify the risk of colon cancer.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in the journal Nature Communication.