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This amazing nutrient can decrease colon cancer death risk

This amazing nutrient can decrease colon cancer death risk, according to the latest research from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.

According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. They also report that 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year.

The new study included data from 1,575 individuals who were part of either the Nurses’ Health Study or the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

All the subjects in the study were diagnosed with either stage 1, 2, or 3 colon cancer.

After collecting data, researchers found that colorectal cancer patients with a higher total fiber intake had a lower risk of death than those with a low fiber intake.

Each 5-gram increase of fiber per day was associated with a 22 percent reduction in death risk from colon cancer, and a 14 percent reduction from all other causes of death.

Medical News Today reported:

On looking at the sources of fiber, the researchers found that cereal fiber posed the greatest benefit; every 5-gram daily increase in cereal fiber was linked to a 33 percent reduction in colorectal cancer death and a 22 percent reduction in all-cause mortality.

A 17 percent reduction in all-cause mortality was identified with every 5-gram daily increase in vegetable fiber, but this type of fiber appeared to have no impact on colorectal cancer-specific mortality.

Our findings,” write the authors, “need to be validated by further studies, including possible clinical trials.”

Higher intake of fiber and whole grains after CRC [colorectal cancer] diagnosis is associated with a lower rate of death from that disease and other causes. Our findings provide support for the nutritional recommendations of maintaining sufficient fiber intake among CRC survivors.”

The study showing that this amazing nutrient can decrease colon cancer death risk was published in the journal JAMA Oncology.

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1. “Colorectal Cancer: Increasing Fiber Intake May Lower Death Risk.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 2 Nov. 2017,

2. “Fiber Intake and Colorectal Cancer Survival.” JAMA Oncology, The JAMA Network, 2 Nov. 2017,
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