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December 2000 Issue

Fiber Causes Colon Polyps and Colon Cancer? Not So Fast

Q. I heard there was yet another study saying fiber doesn’t protect against colon cancer. In fact, this one said fiber increases the risk. Is this true? A. Not exactly. The study looked only at colon polyps (benign tumors that sometimes are precancerous). However, because it found that a particular kind of soluble fiber increased the risk that these tumors would recur, it did raise questions about the role fiber plays in colon cancer. Moreover, the new research follows on

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