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Diet and cancer risk 'indirectly linked'

Diet and cancer risk 'indirectly linked'
6th September 2011

There is an "indirect link" between diet and the risk of cancer, one expert has commented, suggesting that some individuals using assisted living may want to ensure they eat healthily.

Charlotte Stirling-Reed, nutrition consultant for Greatvine.com, has said that although the link between diet and cancer is "not yet fully understood", most medical professionals agree that dietary intake is a factor in a number of cancers.

She continued that bowel, stomach, oesophagus, mouth and breast cancer have been associated with the intake of food such as red and processed meat, salt and saturated fats.

In addition, most experts believe that fruit, vegetables and antioxidants help to reduce the risk of cancers.

"Additionally, being overweight or obese is a risk factor in the development of cancer [according to the] World Health Organisation (WHO), and therefore diet is indirectly linked to cancer in this way as well," she added.

This follows a study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer which reported that walnuts had been seen to reduce the incidence and development of tumours in mice.

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