‘Western’ Diet Tied to Colon Cancer
Higher Death Risk and Recurrence Link Must Be Confirmed, Researchers Say
More Study Needed
In addition to confirming the findings, further research is needed to
understand exactly what components of the two diets are harmful and beneficial
to colon cancer patients and former patients, Meyerhardt says.
In an interview with WebMD, American Cancer Society spokesman Michael Thun,
MD, called the study provocative. But he agreed that they must be
“We test many, many different drug combinations to treat cancer, but
researchers are only now beginning to concentrate on diet and other lifestyle
changes that can potentially affect the prognosis and survival of cancer
patients,” he says.
Thun points out there are many good reasons for eating a diet rich in fruits
vegetables and whole grains and limiting red and processed meats, refined
grains, fats, and sugars.
“We can’t say with certainty that improving [colon cancer] survival is one
of them, but it is worth finding out,” he says.