Letter: Health Choices

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Letter to the Editor

In addition to getting colon cancer screenings at age 45 as doctors now recommend, you can ward off colorectal cancer by eating great-tasting vegan foods rather than meat, eggs and dairy-based foods. 

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), which recently issued a 10-point plan to help people reduce their risk of cancer by as much as 40 percent, is urging people to stop eating bacon, hot dogs and other meats because there’s “no level of intake” of processed meat that doesn’t raise one’s cancer risks. Instead, the WCRF advises people to eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and lentils. 

We’ve all heard that advice before. We should take it this time. People who eat vegan foods, which are generally low in fat and high in fiber, are much less likely to develop cancer. 

Researchers have even found that women who eat soy instead of dairy-based foods are 44 percent less likely to suffer from colon cancer and men who eat soy are 40 percent less likely to develop the disease. See PETA.org for more information and a free vegan starter kit.

Heather Moore

The PETA Foundation