Unhealthy snacks tied to colorectal cancer

Published on
December 18, 2012

A high intake of snack foods seems to increase the risk of colorectal cancer in individuals with Lynch syndrome. People with an inborn susceptibility to colorectal cancers (Lynch syndrome, also known as HNPCC) are twice as likely to develop colon polyps when they eat a lot of snack foods, a study of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) shows. Previous work from the Wageningen researchers revealed that smoking and obesity may also increase the risk of developing colorectal polyps among individuals with Lynch syndrome.

The results of the study have been published in the scientific journal CANCER. A press release, understandable to a general audience, has also been written: 'Snack Attack: Eating Unhealthy Snack Foods May Affect Cancer Risk in Patients with Lynch Syndrome'.