Fast Food, Obesity Blamed for Increased Colorectal Cancer

A new study in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention reveals the rate of colon cancer among young adults—under the age of 50—is increasing. Data showed regardless of sex, race and age incidences of colon cancer between 1992 and 2005 rose 1.5% in men and 1.6% in women, with the largest increases in men and women, ages 20 to 29, with 52% and 5.6% respectively. Experts blame consumption of fast foods and high rates of obesity; via EurekAlert!

It’s a good idea to kick fast food as soon as possible. In April, a study showed kids eating fast food are more likely to develop poor eating habits. And given the unhealthiness of fast food, some Los Angeles officials don’t want any more fast food restaurants in their neighborhoods.

In related news, eating lots of fruits and veggies helps cut colon cancer risk in men, but taking high-dose folic acid supplements can raise colon cancer risk, by as high as 162%. Eek!

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Steve - June 9, 2009 1:36 PM

Hi Gerry
Not that it really matters, but what exactly is that stuff in the picture? It ain't burgers.


Gerry Pugliese - June 9, 2009 2:04 PM

Hey Steve-

Looks like cookies or something. Eh, it still sends the message.


Geetha - June 16, 2009 12:00 PM

Fast- food corporations like McDonald's recognize the health effects of their food yet insist on peddling the stuff to kids especially. We need to redevelop our kids eating habits by cutting out the junk and ensuring that restaurants cannot site their outlets within close proximity to schools; a shameful tactic employed by fast-food corporations to start our kids young.

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