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'Good' cholesterol may reduce risk of colon cancer

March 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
High levels of "good" cholesterol may reduce the risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the journal Gut, was designed to investigate the impact of diet on the development of cancer.

Researchers found that people with the highest levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, and another blood fat called apolipoprotein A (apoA) had the lowest chance of developing colon cancer.

Experts speculate that HDL's anti-inflammatory properties may explain the finding but they say further research is still needed.

Click here to read the full study.