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Blame it on the veggies?

Vegetarians have a higher risk of a colorectal cancer


 

Biology loves irony. Colorectal cancer, long linked to major consumption of red meat, has been found more commonly among vegetarians. A British study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that among 52,700 meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegans and vegetarians, the latter group had a significantly higher incidence of the devastating disease. The scientists were stunned; they don’t know why this may occur but are planning on future studies to investigate. The finding is especially surprising given that vegetarians and fish-eaters had markedly lower rates of every other cancer compared to carnivores.

BBC News


 
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Blame it on the veggies?

  1. Was curious about the distinction in the BBC News report between vegans and vegetarians. It’s vegetarians who are reported to have increased incidence of colorectal cancer. So I’ve shot off an email to the lead researcher.

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