According to a new study on the Huffington Post, chicken contains compounds that may reduce your risk of developing colon cancer.

A total of 19,711 women between ages 34 and 51 years old were surveyed about their high school diets. In the next 10 years, 1,494 of the participants were diagnosed with colorectal adenomas, tumors that potentially become full-fledged colon cancers. However, participants who ate a lot of chicken as teenagers were less likely to have the condition as adults.

Although the findings don't connect the consumption of red meat to an increased colon cancer risk, the researchers found that replacing one serving of red meat with chicken or fish a day lowers the chances of having rectal conditions by 40 percent.

"Among different cancers, colorectal cancer is the most influenced by diet. Compared to something like smoking, diet is not a larger cancer risk factor, but it does have an impact," explains Researcher Dr. Katharina Nimptsch.

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