Irregular meals, stress at work could lead to colon cancer: doctor

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-27
By: Central News Agency

Office workers who face great stress at work and have irregular meals are more likely to fall victim to colon cancer, a doctor said recently, adding that Taiwan has the world’s highest incidence of colon cancer.

Having irregular meals due to busy work, eating salty and greasy food, eating too quickly and having too much red meat are among the factors that put office workers at high risk to develop colon polyps, said Chang Chia-lun, a doctor at Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital.

If people do not seek medical help to deal with polyps, chances are that polyps could lead to colon cancer 10 to 15 years later, said Chang, also a member of the Taipei-based Formosa Cancer Foundation.

Having colon polyps removed as early as possible will reduce the risk of colon cancer, he said.

He also noted that colon cancer tends to affect people over 50, with about 3,000 out of every 100,000 people in the age group suffering from the disease.     [FULL  STORY]

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