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Can chronic constipation cause colon cancer?

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DIET NOT constipated: Not constipation per se , but diet may a factor: diets high in whole grain, fruits, and veggies have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but fiber supplements have not been shown to prevent colo-rectal cancer. Excess red meats and processed meats can increase your colorectal cancer risk and cooking meats at very high heat may create chemicals that might increase cancer risk.

Answered 3/10/2016

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Indirectly: Constipation is typically caused by a diet low in fiber. Eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables regularly (fiber sources) can lower your chances of developing colon cancer.

Answered 9/28/2016

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