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Does lactose intolerance increase your risk of colon cancer?
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
There is no known relationship between lactose intolerance and the development of colon cancer.

In brief: No
There is no known relationship between lactose intolerance and the development of colon cancer.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: No, but . . .
Lactose intolerance, the inability to digest milk sugar as one gets older (except for northern europeans), does not increase cancer risk.
However, vitamin d deficiency is suspected to be a risk factor for colon cancer. Dairy is the main food source for vitamin d and calcium, but many lactose intolerant people avoid dairy. Instead, they should drink lactaid lactose-free milk and take more vitamin d.

In brief: No, but . . .
Lactose intolerance, the inability to digest milk sugar as one gets older (except for northern europeans), does not increase cancer risk.
However, vitamin d deficiency is suspected to be a risk factor for colon cancer. Dairy is the main food source for vitamin d and calcium, but many lactose intolerant people avoid dairy. Instead, they should drink lactaid lactose-free milk and take more vitamin d.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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