calcium cancer fighter

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The key thing they have in common: Calcium
Women with high intakes of total, dietary and supplementary calcium had a 30 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer, according to research on nearly 200,000 women in Archives of Internal Medicine. Colon-cancer risk was roughly 28 percent lower among women getting 800 to 1,000 mg per day compared with those taking in 400 to 500 mg per day, found another study of more than 61,000 women (the calcium RDA for women aged 19 to 50 is 1,000mg; 1,200mg for women 51 and older). Experts aren't exactly sure how calcium may function against cancer, but one possibility is that it helps prevent out-of-control cell division. (Something men should keep in mind, though: There are concerns about high calcium intake and potential increased risk of prostate cancer.)