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Bread increases cancer risk

25th October 2006

25082006_obese1.jpgResearchers in Italy say they have found a link between cancer and eating too much bread.

An Italian study of more than 2,000 people also found pasta and rice could moderately raise the risk of kidney cancer, but it found those who eat a lot of bread are at greater risk.

The research, published in the International Journal of Cancer, also revealed that eating plenty of vegetables, processed meats and poultry reduced the risk, while other foods including coffee, tea, eggs, red meat, fish, cheese, potatoes and fruit, appeared to have no effect.

The report suggested the high glycaemic index of bread, pasta and rice could be a factor in raising the risk. Foods with a high GI raise blood sugar levels which may help to feed tumours.

The team of researchers from the Institute of Pharmacological Research in Milan, matched each of 767 adults with kidney cancer with two cancer-free patients and looked at their family medical history and lifestyle and diet in the previous two years.

Kidney cancer affects more than 6,600 in the UK each year.

Cancer charity Cancer Research UK said people should not be alarmed by the findings, and that the only well-established causes of kidney cancer were smoking and obesity. A spokesman said one in four cases was caused by obesity, while one in five cases was caused by smoking.

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