Wellington: Rice consumption may help reduce the risk of bowel cancer, a study has suggested.Professor Ann Richardson of the University of Canterbury said more than 2800 Kiwis were diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and it was “very possible” dietary changes were associated with world cancer trends.“Rapid increases in the incidence of bowel cancer in Japan and Hong Kong have been linked to dietary changes which have occurred in these countries over the last 50 years,” Stuff.co.nz quoted her as saying.Per capita, rice consumption declined by almost 50 per cent in Japan over the past 20 to 30 years.
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