Tuesday June 4, 2013 0 commentsFORT COLLINS - Poudre Valley Hospital and Colorado State University are partnering to study the role of rice bran and navy beans for prevention and control of colorectal cancer, a research effort that could have global impact.
Researchers are studying how components from beans and rice bran - such as their unique fibers, protein and phytochemicals - work together to fight cancer.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology selected the research to be presented this month at the world's largest annual cancer conference in Chicago.
"The focus in cancer research up to this point has been the next drug,' said Regina Brown, PVH Cancer Care and Hematology oncologist. "In the fight against cancer, we have neglected food as medicine. We know it plays a role, but it's only recently that the medical community has recognized its impact."
"What's significant about rice bran and dry beans are that these foods are available to feed people around the world and n quantities that could lower the incidence of colon cancer," said Elizabeth Ryan, assistant professor of Environmental and Radiological Sciences at CSU.
Thirty-eight Northern Colorado residents have so far taken part in the study.