Health and Social Work


Kassidy Manke



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Kassidy Manke, NFS 330: Integrative and Functional Nutrition
Faculty Mentor: Professor Suk Oh, Nutrition and Dietetics

Cancer research has been at the forefront of the medical field for decades now. To many, it seems that this disease is looming over them and their families, waiting to strike at any moment. There have been small bits of hope for families with developments such as chemotherapy and cancer fighting drugs, but these treatments often cause side-effects that are detrimental to the individual’s health and sometimes still do not completely eradicate the disease itself. Genetics has been taking the main blame for cancer, leaving individuals feeling more hopeless than ever in the belief they can do nothing to stop it. However, in more recent years, there have been indications that lifestyle factors have a big impact on the development of cancer. If lifestyle choices are poor, they are much more likely to activate cancer causing genes. This link can be viewed in the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. It has been suggested that by adding more whole foods/plant-based foods into your diet, cancer can possibly be prevented. I will analyze the current research and determine the links between cancer and nutrition that have been discovered in recent years. It seems too simple for many to believe that nutrition could be the key to unlocking the secrets of cancer, but maybe overlooking this simple factor is what has led the medical field down a long, complex and confusing path that has not produced significant results.

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Can Cancer be Prevented with Food and Dietary Supplements?
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