Association of Dietary Inflammatory Potential With Colorectal Cancer Risk in Men and Women.

​Habitual consumption of inflammatory foods, such as soda, red meat, and processed meat products, may accelerate the development and growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the colon and rectum.

This study examined the role regular intake of inflammatory foods, such as soda, red meat, and processed meat products, play in the development of colorectal cancer. A group of Harvard scientists tracked the colorectal cancer incidence rates and diets of 121,050 men and women for over 26 years.

The team of experts discovered that subjects with the greatest inflammatory food consumption rates had the highest colorectal cancer risk. According to this study, habitual consumption of inflammatory foods increased colorectal cancer risk by 44% in men and 22% in women. The findings of this study suggest that individuals on diets high in inflammatory foods, such as red meat, processed meat products, and soda, may have a high predisposition to developing colorectal cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Tabung FK, Liu L, Wang W, Fung TT, Wu K, Smith-Warner SA, Cao Y, Hu FB, Ogino S, Fuchs CS, Giovannucci EL.
  • Department of Nutrition, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R. China. Department of Nutrition, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts. Program in MPE Molecular Pathological Epidemiology, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts. Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale University Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut.
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