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PostSubject: Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk   Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk Icon_minitimeFri Apr 18, 2014 6:18 pm

One in three people carry a gene that significantly raises the risk of developing bowel cancer from eating processed meat, new research shows.

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While it was already known that eating processed meat increased a person's risk of developing bowel cancer, the study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics on Friday, found that for people who carry a common genetic variant, eating processed meat carries an even higher risk than for those who do not carry the gene.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia. One in 10 Australian men and one in 15 Australian women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer by the time they reach 85. Almost 4000 Australians died of bowel cancer in 2011.

One of the researchers, Li Hsu, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre in Seattle, said the discovery provided "an important new insight into disease development".

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