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Carbs May Contribute to Colon Cancer

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2014

A new study published in the journal Cell has found that carbohydrates may contribute to the development of colorectal cancer in patients who are already genetically predisposed to the disease. The study was authored by Alberto Martin of the University of Toronto. In it, carbohydrates were found to cause intestinal cells to multiply and create tumors in mice that were genetically more susceptible to colorectal cancer.

“What’s interesting about this study,” said Shahab Mehdizadeh, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and co-director of the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems, “is that it shows a possible link between environmental factors, such as the kinds of foods we consume, genetic predisposition, and our overall risk for developing colon cancer.”

In addition to finding a link between carbohydrates and the development of colorectal tumors, the study also found that both antibiotics and a low carbohydrate diet reduced the likelihood of tumors.

Colon Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Colon cancer remains one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States with over 100,000 new cases each year. When caught early, colon cancer is highly treatable. The best way to discover colon cancer is through a colonoscopy. The Los Angeles colorectal experts at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence offer a broad variety of diagnostic and treatment options.

In general, patients who are over 50 have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. African Americans are more likely to develop the disease, as are patients with a family history of colon cancer. While many people avoid getting their recommended colonoscopy out of fear or embarrassment, the procedure is actually quite simple and pain-free. Altogether it takes between 20 minutes and an hour, and once it’s finished patients gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing their risk for colon cancer.

About La Peer

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 47 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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