Previous research found that colorectal cancer is associated with a person's food intake. People who eat more fruits, vegetables, or other healthy foods have a lower risk of developing cancer, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
While people who eat foods rich in fat, meat, and sugar are known to have higher risk of developing colon cancer. This result is known to researchers after observing the diet 2,063 colorectal cancer patients and 2,776 healthy people. They also analyzed 170 foods including fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, chocolate, nuts, chips, and fruit-flavored drinks.
In the study, they also take into account factors such as family history descendants ever get cancer, smoking habits, as well as the level of day-to-day activities of participants.
Researchers found that having multiple risk factors can increase a person's chances of developing colorectal cancer. But not only that, eating sweet foods such as soft drinks, cakes, chips, and others can also increase one's risk of colon and rectal cancer.
"Although the relationship sweet foods and cancer did not show a causal link, but it is important to provide information in this regard, especially for people who love to eat these foods," said study author Dr. Evropi Theodoratou from the University of Edinburgh, as reported by the BBC.
One thing that can lower your risk of colorectal cancer are taking aspirin. One study showed that taking aspirin every other day may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 20 percent.