Vitamin D and the landscape for the ideal study design to measure cancer preventive effects

With growing global prosperity, it seems paradoxical that many people worldwide should have a vitamin deficiency. And yet, vitamin D deficiency is a growing public health problem in many countries. Suboptimal vitamin D levels, defined as below 50nmol/L, have been found in as many as 60% of people in European countries [1] and 42% in […]

Sugary drinks and the pathway towards cancer

Messages from the media on sugary drinks are conflicting. On one hand, the notion of a seasonal pumpkin-flavored latte evokes sentiments of childhood traditions. On the other, news reports of a rising obesity epidemic, ridden by the life altering and debilitating effects of chronic diseases cast a threatening shadow over our comfort drinks.

In recognition […]

Can higher nut consumption lower your cancer risk?

Do you sometimes snack on a handful of nuts – say a few times per week? Unless you are a vegetarian, chances are that it’s not that much; half a handful every now and then is the estimate. That’s a pity, because by now you have probably heard that eating more nuts […]

On the risk of death

Risk of death is a strange concept, and risk factors for death — characteristics that may elevate or diminish risk — are even stranger. After all, we’re all going to die. It’s only a matter of time. And time is the crucial element here. None of us will avoid death, but most of us would […]

Guide the immune system to fight cancer

While the primary interest in EPICentre is on cancer research related to prevention and early detection, we do have a keen interest in progress related to novel cancer treatments, and in the last few years there have been important developments in immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment to ‘wake up’ a patient’s […]