University Of Otago A possibly unique means to avoid bowel cancer has been unlocked in the following tidbit. Investigators from the University of Otago suggest that drinking school milk every day significantly declines threat of bowel cancer in later life. The study findings may help reduce the very high rates of bowel cancer in New Zealand.

Calcium provided by the free milk-in-schools programme from 1937 to 1967 in New Zealand possibly decreased risk of bowel cancer for people born between 1938 and 1953. Investigations have asserted that calcium consumption reduces the threat of developing bowel cancer. Factors in childhood apparently have an impact on the chances of being diagnosed with bowel cancer and overall health.

In order to conduct the study, Associate Professor Brian Cox and colleagues gathered data from newly diagnosed bowel cancer patients and people of a similar age without the disease. Responses about drinking milk when at school supposedly corresponded to the historical reports of participation. Volunteers drinking school milk regularly presumably had a 30 percent lower threat of bowel cancer. The reduction in risk appeared greatest among those consuming 1200 or more than half-pint bottles of milk while at school.

The study is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology School Milk and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A National Case-Control Study.