Colorectal cancer, which is another name for colon cancer, is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States, according to Cancer.org.
In fact, the American Cancer Society predicts that there will be more than 106,000 new cases of colon cancer and 44,850 new cases of rectal cancer in 2022 alone.
Colorectal cancer is also one of the main reasons people die from cancer, a further reason you should try to avoid it if you can.
In the BMJ study, which came out on August 31, 2022, researchers looked at three different studies with more than 200,000 health care workers in the United States.
46,000 men and 160,000 women participated in the study. They filled out a questionnaire every four years on their diet and ultra-processed food consumption.
When researchers checked on the people 25 years later, they found that 1,294 men and 1,922 women had been diagnosed with colon cancer.
Even when other factors were taken into account, they also found that men who ate more ultra-processed foods were 29% more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer.
Some of these substances haven't been directly connected to causing cancer, although the number of young people with colon cancer is rising.
Ultraprocessed foods may cause cancer because they're heavy in calories and cause weight gain. Obesity causes colorectal cancer.
At the same time, the study found that women who ate more ready-to-eat and heat-mixed meals had a higher risk of colon cancer, but this wasn't the case with ultra-processed foods.