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February 1999 Issue

Calcium May Help Prevent Colon Polyps

Researchers have suspected calcium is good for the colon. Now, a study reports a modest reduction in the recurrence of colon polyps (benign tumors that often turn cancerous) among people taking calcium supplements. Researchers at six hospitals followed 832 people who had previously had polyps surgically removed. Half took 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day and half took placebos. After four years, 7% fewer people in the calcium group developed at least

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