Intestinal Microorganisms Fighting Cancer

The latest study by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University was published in The Lancet.

Colorectal cancer is the third largest cancer killer in the United States. In 2017, it is estimated that the United States will have 95,520 colon cancers and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer.

Studies have shown that red meat and processed meat diets may increase the risk of colorectal cancer, while high-fiber diets – rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduce the risk of disease. Previous studies have shown that the risk of affecting colorectal cancer through diet is actually altered by the intestinal microbiome. The research team agrees with the results of this study. When tracking high-fiber human gut microbiota, they found that they all contained F. nucleatum bacteria.

Researchers believe that F. nucleatum plays a crucial role in the development of colon cancer. To prove this theory, the researchers compared 137,217 data, and their average age was 26 to 32 years old, including 1091 cases of colorectal cancer.

The research team found that participants with discreet diets, compared to participants in Western dietary habits, had the lowest risk of cancer with high-fibre, multi-vegetable and fruit-rich diets. “Although our study only deals with one type of bacteria, it points to a common phenomenon. Changing the intestinal bacteria through diet can reduce or increase the risk of certain types of colorectal cancer.”

The researchers said that the relationship between diet, intestinal bacteria and cancer will be further studied.

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