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Online Course

Nutrition and Cancer

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Overview

Is cancer partly preventable through a healthy diet? Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. It causes one in eight deaths worldwide. Global trends show that the majority of all cancer deaths occur in the low- and middle-income countries. Yet, cancer can be partly prevented and many of these deaths can be avoided.

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 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 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.

This course is especially valuable for professionals (in training) from various fields related to nutrition or cancer (e.g. nutritionists, epidemiologists, health policy makers, physicians, caregivers, nutrition educators, biologists, food scientists).

Dieticians and physicians often get questions from cancer patients about what they can do themselves to help their recovery process. This course is part of the Professional Certificate Program Nutrition and Disease. You will gain a solid scientific basis to better weigh and interpret all the information available on nutrition and cancer.

This course, is part of theNutrition and Disease Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes? That is the other course inthisProfessional Certificate Program.

Syllabus

Module 1
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.

Module 2
Discuss dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer occurrence, by outlining the current WCRF/IARC evidence-based recommendations for cancer prevention.

Module 3
Learn about the interaction between nutrition and genes, and how this can influence cancer occurrence.

Module 4
Learn about the importance of dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the increasing group of cancer survivors.

Module 5
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.)

Taught by

Ellen Kampman, Fränzel van Duijnhoven and Dieuwertje Kok

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Reviews for edX's Nutrition and Cancer Based on 13 reviews

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Anonymous
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It was challenging in terms of knowledge of DNA and methylation.

In addition, it provided with excellent insights for how to differentiate news on cancer

However, it would have been more detailed as for groups of nutrients (compounds) that combined together may slow down cancer in diagnosticated patients.
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This course is good but it should have a more information about what's to do with patients to give them a good advice about what they sohled eat , I want to know many examples about this and also this course does not have a practical part.
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convenient presentation of information, a lot of interesting.but unfortunately most of the information received on the course can be found on the official website of WHO
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I would like to thank you to the university for this very interesting and important program research, personally I been enjoyed immensely and make my motivation to keep in the research and study of the health and nutrition in diseases,my motivation in the future is, one day reach to the point to give clients the best advice in nutrition specially in the very acute stage of the diseases, my thinking is that food and nutrition are a very important in general role in the human diseases no mater what conditions or stage are.
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I am very pleased with the course. It is very educative and covers a wide variety of scientific reports to support each topic that is being thought. It raises awareness for me, not only about the research and ongoing work being carried out by scientists in the area of nutrition and diseases but also the necessity for more research needed as well.
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Excellent course in content and in educational materials. Up dated and evidence based information to be used by health workers and general public. I appreciate the great labour and for sharing all your knowledge with the world, for sure it is making an impact in our lives!!!! My best wishes
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There is not enough depth in the content. The content provided in this course is not specifically new.

The title of the course - Nutrition and cancer but very little touch base on nutrition.

Need to have more in-depth base on the course title.

Thank you.
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this course was worth taking. i learned alot regarding health. Either you are a health professional to recall your knowledge or a non professional wanted to give a healthy surrounding to your family and friends, i recommand this course.
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Shimaa Y
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It's a very good course for building knowledge about the relationship between cancer, nutrition and physical health

But I wished it had less details about studies and their types

Many thanks for such an amazing experience
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Great course. It is so important to understand the scientific approach to understanding the relationship between health and nutrition. It allows us to separate reliable results from wishful thinking.
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I encourage you all to perform this magnificent cure as you will learn a lot and help you improve in your work. You will have fun and it will also be very useful. The teachers are very kind and friendly.

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The coarse covers areas about how data is used in cancer research, genetic influence, migration patterns and much more The coarse is well laid out and I learned a lot.
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Based on what I have learned from this course that diet and nutrition may have some contribution to cancer risk and prevention but not so on cancer treatment, still the basic known cancer treatment still promoted such as surgery, chemo and radiation, which we all know not really a real treatment but just giving a person few years for cancer to relax (remission) then come back with more aggressive cancer after years...so sad. This could be the reason why naturopathic people came back to the rescue..it is just like saying, "if science stop, religion begins".
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