Will Salt Increase Cancer Risk?

Does Salt Increase Cancer Risk?

Salt Increase CancerSalt, scientifically known as sodium chloride, is a mineral essential to life. Although, the overconsumption of salt is becoming increasingly common in the American diet.

We know that the most common side effects of consuming salt is hypertension and high blood pressure. But how does this affect our cancer risk? Will the overconsumption of salt increase our cancer risk?

According to 21st Century Oncology’s Dr. Brian Lawenda, salt is a risk factor for the development of gastric cancer. In certain cultures that they used salt as a preservatives and are at an increased risk of developing the cancer.

Dr. Lawenda explains if there is a correlation between salt and other cancers in the video below.


Brian D. Lawenda, M.D.:  We know that the salt is a risk factor for the development of gastric cancer and pretty much that is about the only cancer that we know that high levels of dietary salt intake actually increase. 

All the other different types of cancers we really haven’t found a great correlation between intakes of salt and developing those types of cancers.  In certain cultures they used salt as a preservatives and that often is used in for example in South East Asia for example with pickling for example and folks there have an increased risk of developing gastric cancers and we believe that that may be related to the salt intake. 

Not an issue if you are going to be consuming salts sort of as we do typically where you’re not using tons of salt on a day-to-day basis.  That has not been correlated with increase risk of developing cancer.  So, in general, very high salt intake may increase ones risk of developing gastric cancers, typical salt and low salt intakes really have no known increase risk of development of any types of cancers.

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