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Fruits, vegetables, and colon cancer risk in a pooled analysis of 14 cohort studies.

Adequate intake of fruits and vegetables may help protect individuals against colon cancer.

This study assessed the relationship between high dietary ingestion of fruits and vegetables and colon cancer development risk by meta-analysis. Fourteen studies were included in this meta-analysis. The team of investigators found a protective association between increased intake of fruits and vegetables and colon cancer. The anticarcinogenic effect of fruits and vegetables was observed to stronger in the distal colon than in the proximal colon. The results of this study support the growing body of evidence that diets dominated by fruits and vegetables may help suppress the development of cancerous cells and tumors in the colon.

Research Summary Information

  • 2007
  • Koushik A, Hunter DJ, Spiegelman D, Beeson WL, van den Brandt PA, Buring JE, Calle EE, Cho E, Fraser GE, Freudenheim JL, Fuchs CS, Giovannucci EL, Goldbohm RA, Harnack L, Jacobs DR Jr, Kato I, Krogh V, Larsson SC, Leitzmann MF, Marshall JR, McCullough ML, Miller AB, Pietinen P, Rohan TE, Schatzkin A, Sieri S, Virtanen MJ, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zhang SM, Smith-Warner SA.
  • Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. anita.koushik@umontreal.ca
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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