Vegetarians 'less susceptible to cancer'

Over 50s looking for the best way to lower the risk of contracting cancer may wish to reduce the meat in their diets, according to new research.

Statistics published in the British Journal of Cancer have revealed that occurrence of stomach and bladder cancer is lower in vegetarians than in meat-eaters, with the risk of blood cancers such as leukaemia dropping by 45 per cent among vegetarians.

Although Cancer Research UK, which conducted the study, states that more research is needed to ascertain the implications of the figures, the group suggests the figures do give an indication of the importance of a good diet.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: "This study supports Cancer Research UK's advice that people should eat a healthy, balanced diet high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat, salt and red and processed meat."

Earlier this week, the British Dietetic Association recommended simple and natural foods such as fresh fruit and lentils as being among the cheapest and healthiest foods available.

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