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Leukemia Gene - Fiber & Colon Cancer

Stephanie Bell Flynt

Leukemia Gene

One out of ten cases of a common form of leukemia appear to be hereditary. Now researchers may have identified the gene that causes the family risk.   Researchers tested the genes of a family that had seven cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL. They found a mutation in a specific gene which causes the gene to lose it's protective effect. In turn, that leads to uncontrolled tumor cell growth. CLL occurs mainly in adults.

Fiber & Colon Cancer

It appears fiber could help lower the risk of colorectal cancer but it depends on the source of the fiber. After analyzing data from more than 400,000 people over age 50, researchers found no evidence that dietary fiber affected colorectal cancer risk. However, the study did show a diet high in whole grains appeared to lower the risk.

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