Cigarette Smoking May Increase Colon Cancer Risk

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Bottom line: Cigarette smoking is known to increase the risk of getting a myriad of cancer types. There is emerging evidence that cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for the development of colon cancer.

Recent supportive data: A retrospective review of the records of over 50,000 Danish individuals were reviewed. Patients were queried about their smoking history, dietary habits, and use of vitamins and minerals. The authors found a statistically increased incidence of colon cancer among smokers. The more cigarettes smoked, the higher the risk. Taking micronutrients did not affect risk. The researchers published in Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2013;11 (April): 1336-40.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended to provide you with accurate and timely medical news and information. It is not intended to give personal advice, which should be obtained directly from a physician or other valued health care professional. Acting on any information without first consulting a medical professional is solely at the reader’s risk. As for me, I am a Harvard- , Yale- and UPenn-educated radiation oncologist, and I practice in the Seattle, WA (USA) area. I feel genuinely privileged to be able to share with you.

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