Think twice before consuming junk food and snacks as it could increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers have warned. The warning comes after the researchers at Wageningen University found that high intake of such foods could increase the risk of cancers in people suffering from Lynch Syndrome.
ALSO KNOWN AS Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC), Lynch Syndrome is an inherited condition that increases the risk of colon cancer and other cancers. If an individual has any family history of Lynch syndrome then the risk of colon cancer increases. The other possible risk factors are smoking and obesity.
The researchers studied the food intake of 486 people with Lynch syndrome. The study was followed for about 20 months and during this period, colorectal polyps (precancerous growths) were observed in 58 participants. The study, according to MedicineNet.com, concluded that the people with Lynch Syndrome whose eating pattern includes higher intakes of snack foods and fast foods etc. are twice more likely to develop polyps compared to people having an eating pattern with lower intake of snack foods.
Many studies have investigated the link between certain foods and the colorectal cancer and other cancers, and now there is a general agreement that red meat, processed meat and alcohol increase the risk factor. Some studies also have evaluated the lifestyle factors to be a reason for colorectal cancer in individuals with Lynch Syndrome.
The findings of the study suggest that dietary patterns have their influence on the development of cancerous cells, but they don't state that eating a diet low in snack foods will prevent you from cancer.