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Researchers in Japan, where food is highly salted, found a link between eating even low amounts of salt and stomach cancer, the BBC reported Wednesday.
Researchers from the National Cancer Center Research Institute at Kashiwa, near Tokyo, studied questionnaires detailing diets of people in four districts of Japan.
Among 18,684 men, they found 358 cases of stomach cancer. There were 128 cases among 20,381 women.
The scientists found a statistically significant rise in the risk of stomach cancer for subjects who ate even two-tenths of an ounce of table salt per day. For those who eat four-tenths of an ounce of salt a day, the risk doubled.
Although there is a steady decline in its incidence, gastric cancer is still the most common form of cancer in Japan, said Shoichiro Tsugane, who led the study.
Results of their work have been published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Cancer.
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