[PHNUTR-L] Intake of Calcium and Dairy Foods Inversely Associated
with Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
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Mon Apr 10 09:23:48 PDT 2006
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Intake of Calcium and Dairy Foods Inversely Associated with Risk of
Reference: “Calcium and dairy food intakes are inversely associated
with colorectal cancer risk in the Cohort of Swedish Men,” Larsson SC,
Bergkvist L, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2006; 83(3): 667-73. (Address:
Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, National Institute of
Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
E-mail: susanna.larsson at ki.se ).
Summary: In a prospective study involving 45,306 men from the Cohort of
Swedish Men, aged 45-79 years, without a history of cancer at baseline,
high intakes of calcium and dairy foods were found to be inversely
associated with risk of developing colorectal cancer. Subjects were
followed for a mean of 6.7 years, during which 449 incident cases of
colorectal cancer were ascertained. Calcium and dairy food intake were
assessed via a food-frequency questionnaire completed by subjects. After
adjusting for age and other known or potential risk factors, subjects in
the highest quartile of total calcium intake had a multivariate rate
ratio (RR) of colorectal cancer of 0.68, compared with subjects in the
lowest quartile of calcium intake. For subjects who consumed at least 7
servings/day of total dairy foods, the multivariate RR was 0.46,
compared with subjects who consumed less than 2 serving/day total dairy
products. These results suggest that in men, a diet high in calcium
and/or dairy foods may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal
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