Fiber and its relationship in cancer prevention

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Cancer today is a growing epidemic affecting many people in the world. 1 Studies have shown that there are many ways someone can prevent the onset of cancer. There are many foods that one can eat but there are a number of nutrients that humans cannot live without. One of those nutrients is fiber. Studies have shown that fiber has a beneficial relationship in the prevention of cancer. Cancer is a group of diseases in which genetically damaged cells multiply preventing healthy tissues from receiving nutrients and oxygen. 1 Cancer can affect any organ in the body it develops in. It has been theorized that everyone is born with cancer cells and if cancer develops it is because those cancer cells have been activated. It has also been theorized that external stimuli can mutate the DNA in our normal cells, thus mutating our normal cells into cancer cells which then multiply in the body. There in no cure for cancer, however there are many steps one can do to prevent the onset of it. One of those steps is a high intake of fiber. Fiber is a combination of substances in plant foods that are not digested in the body but it does have many beneficial functions. 2 One of them being promoting and maintaining regularity in the digestive system. It also promotes regularity in bowel movements by adding bulk to the feces. 2
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course NTR 109 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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