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 […]

Bad luck and cancer risk

Those of us at Epicentre have long appreciated that bad luck plays a part in the risk of getting a cancer. This conclusion seems to be unavoidable once it is understood that a cancer results from a series of genetic mutations or other deleterious genomic events that occur over time within a single cell […]

Colorectal cancer survival: what is the role of diet?

Diet is thought to play a key role in cancer susceptibility, with more than half of colorectal cancers (CRC) thought to be potentially preventable through changes in lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity; however, the subsequent role of diet on CRC survival is unclear. With an estimated 244,000 CRC survivors in the United […]