Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 54: Lifestyle Factors and Cancer (continued)

KEY POINTS Obesity increases the risk for many digestive cancers including colorectal cancer. Smoking and alcohol intake increase the risk for cancer. The role of coffee in cancer protection is controversial. Physical activity is protective against colon cancer but not gastric or rectal cancer. Lifestyle factors have the potential to modulate the development of several cancers of the GI tract, including colorectal cancer. OBESITY Obesity confers an increased risk of digestive tract cancers, including colorectal cancer.1 Insulin resistance may play a role…