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FIC Researcher Aims to Discover if Obesity Increases Progression of Colon Cancer

Columbus, Ohio – FIC member Susan Olivo-Marston was recently funded by the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE) and the OSUCCC-James Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer Research Program to investigate whether or not obesity contributes to colon cancer risks and if restricting calories reduces risks.

Olivo-Marston will replicate early on-set obesity in children by giving young mice a high-fat diet. One group of mice continues a high-diet while another group is placed on a regular diet.  She will also examine data collected 2,000 women who have developed colon cancer.

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