Metachronous colorectal adenoma (recurrent adenoma)
To our knowledge, no previous study has prospectively evaluated the associations of calcium intake with incident adenoma, metachronous adenoma, and incident cancer in the same cohort using the same food frequency questionnaire, which minimises misclassification that can occur when combining dietary estimates from multiple studies with different food frequency questionnaire instruments. One weakness is that the PLCO is a sigmoidoscopy-based randomised trial, which only screened the distal colorectal region. Thus, incident adenoma cases mainly included adenomas from the left side of the bowel although metachronous adenoma and incident CRC cases included cases from both proximal and distal regions. However, it is interesting that reports found that colonoscopy was linked to reduced deaths from the distal colorectal region, but not the right. 41,42 Similarly another report from the PLCO observed sigmoidoscopic screenings only reduced distal, but not proximal CRC mortality. 25 Further, sigmoidoscopic screenings also significantly reduced both distal and proximal CRC incidence in the PLCO. 25 Thus, the PLCO provides a unique opportunity to test whether calcium intake confers additional protection against proximal and distal CRC among those receiving sigmoidoscopic screening(s).