Psyllium Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer
MADRID, Spain--Intake of psyllium (Plantago ovata) is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer in constipated individuals, according to research in October's European Journal of Cancer Prevention (11, 5:465-72, 2002) (www.eurjcancerprev.com). Researchers from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid evaluated certain risk and protective factors for colon cancer in Spain by comparing cancer cases from the Cancer Data Exchange Systems of the Community of Madrid with random cases chosen from electoral records. The study population consisted of 424 people total. A risk factor for colon cancer was a lack of physical exercise, which was found to be protective even at moderate activity once or twice a week. Exercise remained protective even in the presence of constipation. Psyllium and aspirin intake were also found to be protective against colon cancer, particularly in constipated subjects.