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Carbs May Contribute to Colon Cancer
Date:8/1/2014

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 ca
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