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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.
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.
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.
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.)
Ellen Kampman, Fränzel van Duijnhoven and Dieuwertje Kok
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.
I like a detailed description of all types of research that relate specifically to cancer. Of course I'm thrilled that everything is based on scientific evidence and there are no magic foods. Interviews with a dietitian and a nurse who survived cancer are extremely interesting. Especially because I had cancer myself and I understand the problem of changing food tastes. The HungerNdThirst foundation website is incredibly inspiring, especially a peer-to-peer social platform when cancer patients can come into contact with each other through app. I also really want to create a social project to support cancer patients, so they can communicate with each other and with those who have survived cancer. Psychological support is very important during this difficult period.
The only minus in the course is that I do not really understand about epigenetics. It is too difficult for me about DNA methylation, I will study more on my own.
The course is surely interesting, as it deals with many aspects of the relationship between nutrition and cancer. However, because of this, these aspects are faced superficially, without giving hints, suggestions, or technical references to guidelines. Indeed, none of the videos (or the texts of the webpages) report clinical data coming from studies published so far. Only few references (sometimes neither one) are reported at the bottom of the page.
As a clinician/surgeon I do believe that for me this course is a bit simplistic, as it did not provided me any practice-changing indication on how to faced with the problem of nutrition in cancer patients.
However, congrats for the structure of the course, for the layout adopted, and for the novel and interesting idea.
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".
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.
I liked the scientific explanations of the evidences of studies and certainty of suggestions. I previously thought that I was going to receive a nutritional guideline and was exited to view through magical professors the full spectrum of cancer. I am very thankful for the opportunity and happy I chose this amazing experience. Thank specially to the teaching staff that put together this fantastic ride of new knowledge. Francisco San Miguel, PhDC
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.
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
I really liked the course as it is mentioning a highly current and broad subject. It is always in our lives. I find it quite useful as well. I am at the last module and I feel like writing a press release going to be a tough one. So far the hardest I 've had on the Edx courses that I took.
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.
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.