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Nutrition and cancer: A review of the evidence for an anti-cancer diet

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, October 2004
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281 X users
2 patents
33 Facebook pages
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Nutrition and cancer: A review of the evidence for an anti-cancer diet
Published in
Nutrition Journal, October 2004
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-3-19
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Michael S Donaldson


It has been estimated that 30-40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by lifestyle and dietary measures alone. Obesity, nutrient sparse foods such as concentrated sugars and refined flour products that contribute to impaired glucose metabolism (which leads to diabetes), low fiber intake, consumption of red meat, and imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats all contribute to excess cancer risk. Intake of flax seed, especially its lignan fraction, and abundant portions of fruits and vegetables will lower cancer risk. Allium and cruciferous vegetables are especially beneficial, with broccoli sprouts being the densest source of sulforophane. Protective elements in a cancer prevention diet include selenium, folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, chlorophyll, and antioxidants such as the carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin). Ascorbic acid has limited benefits orally, but could be very beneficial intravenously. Supplementary use of oral digestive enzymes and probiotics also has merit as anticancer dietary measures. When a diet is compiled according to the guidelines here it is likely that there would be at least a 60-70 percent decrease in breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers, and even a 40-50 percent decrease in lung cancer, along with similar reductions in cancers at other sites. Such a diet would be conducive to preventing cancer and would favor recovery from cancer as well.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 <1%
Australia 8 <1%
India 4 <1%
Poland 3 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Malaysia 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Other 15 1%
Unknown 1060 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 177 16%
Student > Master 170 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 131 12%
Researcher 107 10%
Student > Postgraduate 59 5%
Other 208 19%
Unknown 261 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 232 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 231 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 98 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 64 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 32 3%
Other 166 15%
Unknown 290 26%
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