Calcium and Cancer Risk
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Youíve heard that milk does a body good but it may be more beneficial than you thought. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at calcium and cancer risk in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Calcium may help reduce your risk of cancer. A recent study showed that older men and women who got the most calcium from food and supplements had a 16 percent lower risk of colorectal and other cancers of the digestive system than those who got the least calcium.

Among women, those cancer-fighting benefits were even stronger. Women who got the most calcium from food and supplements had a lower risk of all cancer and a 23 percent lower risk of cancers of the digestive system than those who got the least.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 300,000 men and 200,000 women. The results showed that total calcium intake was not associated with a lower risk of cancer in general in men, but women who got up to 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day had a lower risk of cancer overall. In addition, total calcium intake from both food and supplements was linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system in both men and women.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.