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A potential connection between lung cancer and pre- and probiotics

By: Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

A new study from JAMA Oncology examines a potential connection between dietary intake of fiber and probiotics through yogurt and the risk of lung cancer.

The researchers wanted to answer the question: “Does an association exist between risk of lung cancer and habitual intakes of dietary fiber (the main source of prebiotics) or yogurt (a probiotic food).” There are several known benefits between pre and probiotic intake and one’s overall quality of health, but this specific research question has not yet been examined in great detail.

The study collected data from over 1.4 million adults in the United States, Europe, and Asia between November 2017 and February 2019. Using various statistical and analytical models, researchers analyzed the data to determine if pre- and probiotics have a “potential protective role” in reducing lung cancer risk.

This research highlights the innovate research being done in the lung cancer community, and is a great resource to highlight during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Please read more about the study here.



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