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Salt 'stomach cancer risk'

Too much salt is believed to promote cancer by damaging the stomach lining, a new report has found. Better "traffic light" food labelling is needed to reduce the number of stomach cancers linked to salt, experts have added.

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14% of stomach cancers 'could be avoided by reducing salt intake'

  • An estimated 14% of stomach cancers in the UK - one in seven cases - could be avoided by reducing salt intake to recommended levels, it is claimed.
  • People in the UK consume an average of 8.1 grams each a day, much of it hidden in processed food.
  • This is 43% higher than the maximum recommended amount of six grams, equivalent to one level teaspoonful.

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