Nutrition and Cancer
Can cancer risk be reduced through a healthy diet or lifestyle? Many studies have been conducted on the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention. This has resulted in recommendations for cancer prevention. Far less research is conducted on nutrition and cancer progression, but the evidence is increasing that a healthy diet may also play a beneficial role for cancer survivors. Join this online course and learn more about the role of nutrition in the occurrence and progression of cancer. You will learn how nutrition is involved in cancer occurrence, cancer treatment, and progression. And you will discover what the evidence-base is for dietary guidelines.
This online course focuses on a wide range of dietary exposures (including vegetables, meat, dietary supplements, alcohol) and lifestyle factors (including body composition and physical activity) in relation to the occurrence and progression of the most common types of cancer, such as large bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.
Dieticians and physicians often get questions from cancer patients about what they can do themselves to help their recovery process. After completing the course you will have gained a solid scientific basis to better weigh and interpret all the information available on nutrition and cancer and to take care of your own health and/or that of your patients.
Who should attend?
The level of the course is intermediate. The prerequisites are basic biology.
Start with an introduction to the relation between nutrition and cancer development and progression, and discuss the different types of research designs by which this relation is studied.
Discuss dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer occurrence, by outlining the current WCRF/IARC evidence-based recommendations for cancer prevention.
Learn about the interaction between nutrition and genes, and how this can influence cancer occurrence.
Learn about the importance of dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the increasing group of cancer survivors.
In this module you will learn about the adherence to guidelines and how important it is to have a clear and correct communication to the public. (This module is only accessible to verified learners.)
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Wageningen University & Research, a partner institute of EdX.
6-8 hours per week
- Verified Track -$149
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Study designs to investigate the relation between nutrition and cancer
- Diet- and lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer development and survival
- The mechanisms by which nutrition impacts cancer
- Guidelines for primary and tertiary cancer prevention for the general public and for survivors
- Understand the evidence-base for dietary guidelines
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