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Red meat linked to colon cancer in women

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LONDON — Consuming red meat may increase the risk of colon cancer in women, a new research in Britain has found.

Researchers studied whether beef is associated with risk of colon and rectal cancer compared with poultry, fish or vegetarian diets, according to a research conducted by the University of Leeds, a diet free from red meat significantly reduces the risk of a type of colon cancer in women living in the United Kingdom.

If a woman avoids eating red meat, her risk of colon cancer is significantly reduced, the findings were published Sunday in the International Journal for Cancer said.

When comparing the effects of these diets to cancer development in specific subsites of the colon, they found that those regularly eating red meat compared to a red meat-free diet had higher rates of distal colon cancer – cancer found on the descending section of the colon, where faeces is stored.

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Previous studies have suggested that eating lots of red and processed meat increases risk for colorectal cancer but the researchers said there is limited available information about specific dietary patterns and where cancer occurred in the bowel.

Researchers found that regular eaters of red meat had higher rates of distal colon cancer compared with others. The cancer was found on the descending section of the colon, where feces is stored.

Lead author Dr Diego Rada Fernandez de Jauregui said, “The impact of different types of red meat and dietary patterns on cancer locations is one of the biggest challenges in the study of diet and colorectal cancer”.

“Our research is one of the few studies looking at this relationship and while further analysis in a larger study is needed, it could provide valuable information for those with family history of colorectal cancer and those working on prevention.”

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The study analysis explored the relationship between the four dietary patterns and colorectal cancer and a further exploratory analysis examined the correlation between diet and colon subsites.

Co-author Janet said, “Our study not only helps shed light on how meat consumption may affect the sections of the colorectum differently, it emphasises the importance of reliable dietary reporting from large groups of people”.

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48 districts get full immunisation status

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ROLPA — Full immunisation has been guaranteed in forty-eight districts of the country. This information was shared at a programme organised in district headquarters Libang, on Monday, to declare Rolpa district as achieving this status.

Minister for Social Development of Province 5 government, Sudarshan Baral, declared that Rolpa had joined the league of districts where full immunisation has been guaranteed.

He highlighted the importance of immunisation for improving the health condition of citizens. The provincial government minister said only healthy citizens could contribute meaningfully to country’s development.

Rolpa was declared achieving the status of ‘full immunisation’ as all children below the age of 15 months in the district have been administered 11 various immunisation shots as per the immunisation schedule.

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With this, Rolpa has achieved 95 per cent immunisation, Chief of District Public Health Office, Dr Sushil Acharya, said on the occasion.

Representative of the Department of Health Services, Basanta Shrestha, said on the occasion that all 77 districts of the country would be declared ‘district with full immunisation’ within 2018.

Meanwhile, Baglung has also been declared as achieving the status of ‘district with full immunisation’. This announcement was made at a programme organised in the district headquarters on Monday.

On the occasion, Minister for Social Development of Gandaki Province, Naradevi Pun Magar, provincial assembly members, people’s representatives of local bodies, political party chiefs of the district, among other officials signed on a pledge to make Baglung continue with the status.

Similarly, Lahan Municipality in Siraha district has been declared ‘municipality achieving full immunisation’ amidst a programme in Lahan on Monday.

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