E very four years they provide detailed information on lifestyle and diet – including much yoghurt they ate. During the study period, 5,811 pre-cancerous growths in the men's and 8,116 in the women.
While men who ate yoghurt had a lower risk of developing the growths, called adenoma, no association was seen in women.
19659002] Katie Patrick, health information officer, from Cancer Research UK, said, "The colon is home to trillions of microbes and how it affects bacteria.
"But they do not need to fill their shopping trolleys with yoghurt because it's too early to say so from this study yoghurt could reduce the risk of bowel cancer. However, there is good evidence that you can reduce your risk by eating more fiber in fiber, like wholegrain bread or brown rice, and cutting down on processed and red meat. "
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world UK, with almost 42,000 diagnoses annually.