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Rectal Cancer: 20% Risk Reduction Thanks to Dietary Fibre Intake. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

High dietary ingestion of fiber-containing foods may help thwart the development of rectal cancer.

​This meta-analysis examined whether habitual consumption of fiber-rich foods can prevent the development of rectal cancer. Researchers reviewed data obtained from 22 scientific publications. 

Data analysis revealed a 20% reduction in the risk of rectal cancer among consistent consumers of high fiber foods. This study adds to the body of literature describing the beneficial effect of fiber-containing foods in the prevention of rectal cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2019
  • Gianfredi V, Nucci D, Salvatori T, Dallagiacoma G, Fatigoni C, Moretti M, Realdon S.
  • Post-Graduate School of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, P.le L. Severi 1, 06122 Perugia, Italy. Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Veneto Institute of Oncology IOV-IRCCS, Via Gattamelata 64, 35128 Padua, Italy. daniele.nucci@iov.veneto.it. Department of Pharmaceutical Science, University of Perugia, Via del Giochetto 2, 06123 Perugia, Italy. Post-Graduate School of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy. Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Veneto Institute of Oncology IOV-IRCCS, Via Gattamelata 64, 35128 Padua, Italy.
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