Colorectal cancer rates rising in young people
The American Cancer Society has announced that colorectal cancer death rates are rising among people aged 20-54. This is a reversal of the trend during the 1980s and 1990s, when this age group's colorectal cancer death rates were declining: https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/c...takeaways.html
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lifestyle risk factors for colorectal cancer are:
- Lack of regular physical activity
- A diet low in fruits and vegetables
- A low-fiber and high-fat diet
- Overweight and obesity
- Alcohol consumption
- Tobacco use
Colorectal cancer risk in vegetarians and vegans:
There have been 8 peer-reviewed studies on colorectal cancer risk in vegetarians and vegans. Of these, only two studies are considered statistically significant. And, those two studies showed completely different results; the EPIC-Oxford Study (1993 - 2005) found that vegetarians had a 49% greater
risk of colorectal cancer than the omnivorous persons in that study, but the Adventist Health Study (1976 - 1982) found that vegetarians had a 47% lower
risk of colorectal cancer: http://veganhealth.org/articles/cancer#colorectal
. Links to the original peer-reviewed studies are included in the VeganHealth.org article.
Comment: The large, peer-reviewed vegetarian health studies (Adventist Health Study, EPIC-Oxford) show consistently good results when it comes to vegetarian/vegan diets and lowered risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. However, the results for cancer risk seem less consistent.
“Under the twinkling trees was a table covered with Guatemalan fabric, roses in juice jars, wax rose candles from Tijuana and plates of food — Weetzie's Vegetable Love-Rice, My Secret Agent Lover Man's guacamole, Dirk's homemade pizza, Duck's fig and berry salad and Surfer Surprise Protein Punch, Brandy-Lynn's pink macaroni, Coyote's cornmeal cakes, Ping's mushu plum crepes and Valentine's Jamaican plantain pie."
from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991
Last edited by David3; 08-13-2017 at 06:20 PM.