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Higher selenium levels may help prevent bowel cancer

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A study conducted by researchers from the [b]Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)[/b] shows that higher selenium levels are associated with decreased risk of bowel cancer, especially in women, reports [s]HealthCanal[/s]. ‘The key difference in our study is that by measuring the baseline level of selenium among the study participants, we found that many [b]Western Europeans[/b] have insufficient selenium to allow optimal functioning of important proteins for cancer prevention. This is in contrast to [b]North Americans[/b], who generally have higher baseline levels of selenium, which is likely to explain why studies there would show no significant correlation between increasing their selenium intake and reducing bowel cancer,’ says lead researcher Dr David Hughes, from the [b]RCSI[/b]. The study was conducted across 10 [b]European[/b] countries and the research suggests that where selenium is sub-optimal, increasing selenium may help reduce or prevent bowel cancer.

Full HealthCanal report
International Journal of Cancer abstract


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