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Women more prone to colorectal cancer

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 6:50am IST | Agency: dna

Who would have thought that eating junk food would boost your risk of colorectal cancer. In a recent study conducted by Dr Vijay Mohite and his team of zoology department, Thakur College of Science and Commerce, claims that women are more prone to colorectal cancer than men.

Colorectal cancer is when cancer develops in the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine).

The purpose of the study was to find out the causes and means of colorectal cancer. It is a known fact that fast food usually have artificial colours, taste additives and preservatives. However, the study asserts that people consuming junk food regularly suffer from acidity, constipation, bone diseases, hypothyroidism, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, polycystic ovary, that could lead to colorectal cancer.

The sample size of survey was 240 patients, between the age of 10 to 70 years.

The parameter considered were age, lifestyle, medical history, behaviour of bowel.

Majority of women between 20-30 years, suffer from acidity. Also 88% women between the age of 30-40 suffered from hypertension compared to men (13%) and 83% of them suffer from constipation compare to men (17%).

Thirty per cent men were diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, hypertension 15%, constipation 12%, arthritis, acidity and obesity 11%, lower back pain 7% and hypothyroidism 3%. Meanwhile, 21% women suffer hypothyroidism, ovary disorder 12%, obesity 11%, diabetes, hypertension and constipation 10%, lower back pain 9% and acidity 7%.

Mohite said, "Junk food have all types of additives and if consumed regularly it could cause acidity, diabetes, thyroid, etc, which in turn could lead to colorectal cancer. This year the institute will work on the remedy and precautionary measures that could be taken by people."

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