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Am I having any colon or stomach cancer risks by eating teen diet at college? Mom was strict due to cancer in the family.
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Not really
Growing up in the western world is associated in with an increased risk of colon cancer.
Stomach cancer is less common and is seen more frequently in asia and 3rd world countries, perhaps due to h.Pylori and genetics. Though associations with diet have been suggested, there is no direct evidence that you can affect your colon cancer risk by modifying your diet. A vegetarian diet may help.

In brief: Not really
Growing up in the western world is associated in with an increased risk of colon cancer.
Stomach cancer is less common and is seen more frequently in asia and 3rd world countries, perhaps due to h.Pylori and genetics. Though associations with diet have been suggested, there is no direct evidence that you can affect your colon cancer risk by modifying your diet. A vegetarian diet may help.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
a protective diet can be defined for clinical purposes to include avoidance of processed and charred red meat, inclusion of vegetables (especially cruciferous), and unprocessed forms of wheat bran (controversial), an adequate amount of intake of folate from food, limited caloric intake, and avoidance of excessive alcohol.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Vinson is right. It's not politically correct to say this in some circles, but the last decade's studies on the supposed risk of the "western diet / red meat" as cause of cancer turned up either negative or unconvincing. If being a vegetarian makes you feel better physically or morally, try it out, but vegetarian sects generally have as much cancer as other folks.
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