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Bacterial inflammation, infection linked to cancer risk.

Researchers at Howard University in Washington D.C., Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, warn that chronic inflammation or infection in the digestive tract might be a sign of something more serious, The condition might even raise the risk of colon cancer. In one study, African Americans over the age of 40 with stomach infections containing ulcer-causing bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) were more likely to develop colorectal polyps, which can become cancerous.

Another study, conducted at the Shanghai Cancer Institute, found an indicator of inflammation--high levels of C-reactive protein--in Chinese women. These women were more likely to have colon cancer than women with lower levels of the protein.

(Source: American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, April 19, 2010.)
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Dec 22, 2010
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