Boost fibre to beat cancer – study

A new analysis of 25 existing studies has found that fibre-rich foods cut the risk of bowel cancer.The study, published in the British Medical Journal found that for every 10g a day increase in fibre , there was a 10 per cent drop in the risk of bowel cancer.

The researchers, including experts from the University of Leeds, told The Independent: “Our results indicate a 10 per cent reduction in risk of colorectal cancer for each 10 g/day intake of total dietary fibre and cereal fibre and about a 20 per cent reduction for each three servings (90 g/day) of whole grain daily, and further reductions with higher intake.”

Around 38,500 cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK and the disease kills more than 16,000 people.