Friday, 22 November 2013

Xinjiang study links oesophageal cancer to fibre intake


People in China's north-west have been the focus of research which investigated risk factors for oesophageal cancer. 
The research  found high dietary fibre intake can help reduce the incidence of oesophageal cancer, which has a low survival rate.
Shihezi University conducted the hospital based case-control study in remote north-west China (Xinjiang region), where the rates of oesophageal cancer are far greater than anywhere else in the world.
Oesophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.
The Chinese participants included 359 oesophageal cancer sufferers and 380 healthy controls. Participants were both male and female; and they came from the same area and were of similar age (average age 61 years).
With the information discovered the researchers advise that new dietary guidelines for China include a recommendation to increase fibre intake to prevent oesophageal  cancer.

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