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Does calcium play a role in bowel cancer prevention?

  • Researcher: Professor James Varani
  • Institution: The Regents of the University of Michigan
  • Award Amount: £157,973 for 2 years from June 2011
  • Cancer Type: Bowel Cancer
Does calcium play a role in bowel cancer prevention?

A high fat diet, particularly high in saturated fat, can increase a person’s risk of developing bowel cancer. In addition to the high content of saturated fat, the ‘typical’ Western diet contains only low levels of calcium and other minerals. Previous studies have suggested that an increased intake of calcium can reduce the growth of precancerous lesions in the bowel. Professor Varani is expanding on these findings and investigating whether increasing the levels of calcium in conjunction with other important minerals can help prevent the development of bowel cancer, compared to treating with calcium alone.

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